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THE 1969 BOMB 

Copyright © Joseph G. Lynch 1969 


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Joseph G. Lynch Editor-in-Chief 

Walter C. Anderson, III Business Manager 

Michael C. Colozzi Managing Editor 

Godfrey W. Updike, Jr Layout Editor 

Patrick D. King Art Director 

Harold E. Neale Advertising Manager 

George M. Brydon, III Circulation Manager 


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That peculiar anomaly within the spectrum of 
collegiate experience — the never dying ana- 
chronism of 1839 — the military college . . . 

August — initiation for some into this Pro- 
crustean environment and to a "hell week" that 
lasts seven months . . . 


... for others, a reluctant return . . . the hot 
stillness of a summer's afternoon, the lazy 
drone of insects . . . the timeless fortress absorbs 
yet another wave of subjective youth . . . 

a summer spent in absorbent indolence . . . the rude 
shock of recognition that all cadets feel on 
returning . . . the re-entry into a ritual of 
recurrence . . . the sickly fear of weekly inspections . . . 

A life predicated on 
tradition . . . the ir- 
revocable accumulation 
of demerits . . . 

the cycle of check formations, 
guard mounts, and roll calls 
the loneliness of 
a night sentinel post . . . 
the bugle's blare dominates 
all . . . 

Amid this irrepressible routine, a crucial 
concession . . . that locus of VMI life, the 
academic, provides impetus for creative 
imagination, artistic freedom, and disciplined 
technology . . . 

the psuedo-knowledge of high school 
intellects quickly disintegrates beneath 
the impartial light of academic 
scrutiny and scholarly research . . . 
the cadet must, perforce, emerge from 
the routine of a single curriculum . . . 

Athletics . . . the sacrifice, discipline, and talent 
of a varsity team ... a challenge of competition 
extended to all cadets through a vigorous intramural 
program . . . 

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throughout the year, the Corps adopts its own set of heroes . 

athletes who live within the same rigid environment and seek goals beyond momentary victory 

then the long hibernation from November to March 
especially trying at the military college . . . that 
Institute sobriquet, the Dark Ages, says it all . . . 

A symbol of life in all its manifes- 
tations ... the mirror, reflecting 
the wholeness of the individual and 
the concord of the group . . . 
Lastly the realization of the Institute's 
value ... a dichotomy of . . . 
individuality — confident . . . self- 
reliant . . . solidarity — harmonious 
selfless . . . 

A Virginia spring . . . the blessed 
chirping of returning birds . . . and 
a return to knife-edged ducks, dress 
parades, New Market, until the 
denouement at Finals . . . 

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VMI . . . silent, immobile, nourisher of hopes and 
dreams ... in the end, the military school offers 
an education ... an experience . . . steeped in 
tradition . . . intensified through pressure . . . 
and tempered with honor. 


From the Class of 1969 to Colonel Herbert E. Ritchey 

Associated with the Institute for a period of thirty-seven 
years, Colonel Herbert E. Ritchey has made a lasting im- 
pression on more than a generation of his students, not 
only as a teacher, but as a friend and advisor. It is not, 
however, this span of service alone that warrants this dedi- 
cation. Determination to see that students understand the 
complex subject matter he teaches is indicative of his per- 
sonal interest in them as individuals. Colonel Ritchey's wil- 
lingness to advise in matters both academic and personal, 
and his invaluable assistance to those applying to graduate 
schools complement his outstanding service to both students 
and the Institute. 

Following his graduation from Indiana University in 1928, 
Colonel Ritchey served as an analytical chemist for the 
Illinois Steel Corporation. He later became a graduate assis- 
tant at Purdue University where he earned his Master of 
Science degree. He began his teaching career at the Institute 

in 1930 and has remained at VMI except for two years spent 
in research at Illinois University and as head of the Science 
Department at Pikeville College. 

As professor of organic chemistry, Colonel Ritchey teaches 
a limited number of cadets, primarily students in chemistry 
and biology. As his students, both old and new, will attest, 
Colonel Ritchey's classes may not be the most pleasant way 
of passing time. Many former cadets— now physicians, 
dentists, or industrial chemists— can apprehensively recall 
having their egos deflated many times in the course of their 
recitations in organic chemistry. They cannot, however, deny 
the effectiveness of his teaching methods, the fairness of 
his examinations, and, most of all, his genuine concern that 
students grasp the difficult material he presents. 

The editors and staff of the 1969 Bomb are privileged 
and proud to dedicate this publication to such a distinguished 


Throughout its history, the Virginia Military 
Institute has relied heavily upon the devoted 
service of a few individuals. The editors of the 
1969 Bomb take this opportunity to recognize 
three outstanding members of the faculty and 
staff whose combined tenure embraces over one 
hundred years of service to the Institute. 

Colonel Robert Hilton Knox, a native of 
Savannah, Georgia, retires after forty years of 
outstanding service to the Institute. A member 
of the VMI Class of 1924, he is a Distinguished 
Graduate of VMI in Civil Engineering. He was 
active in athletics, having been a member of 
the boxing team for four years and captain of 
boxing his first class year. He joined the faculty 
in 1927 and pursued graduate studies at the 
University of Michigan where he received his 
Master's degree in 1938. He has served for 
several years as chairman of the Museum Com- 
mittee and in this capacity directed the restora- 
tion of valuable paintings in the VMI collection. 
In 1968 he was appointed a Senior Professor 
of Mathematics in recognition of a lifetime of 
devoted service to his department and to VMI. 

Colonel James Carter Hanes, the second Busi- 
ness Executive in the history of the Institute, is 
a Distinguished Graduate in Civil Engineering in 
VMI's Class of 1925. He went on to earn a 
Master's degree in engineering at Virginia Poly- 
technic Institute. On two occasions he served 
with the Civil Engineering faculty, advancing to 
the rank of associate professor before leaving 
VMI during World War II. Colonel Hanes spent 
six years in South and Central America as a 
sanitary engineer, working with field parties 
of the Institute of Inter American Affairs in 
Mexico, Chile, and El Salvador, and also served 
in this period as an interim lecturer in sanitary 
engineering at the University of El Salvador. 

In 1950 he became professor and chairman of 
the Civil Engineering Department at Rutgers 
University, where he remained until taking up 
duties as Business Executive at VMI in 1953. 
Colonel Hanes has played a major role in 
developing and implementing plans for the 
great expansion of physical facilities that has 
occured at VMI in the past decade. 

Rear Admiral Herman Olliff Parish, Lecturer 
in Mathematics, joined the VMI faculty in 1956 
following a distinguished career in the United 
States Navy. He received his Bachelor of 
Science degree from the United States Naval 
Academy in 1926 and a Master's from Purdue 

During his thirty year career in the Navy, 
Admiral Parish was awarded, in combat, the 
Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, 
and the Navy Commendation Medal. Although 
his faculty tenure has been a relatively brief 
period in VMI history, Admiral Parish formed 
strong and lasting ties with the Institute 
through excellent service in teaching and his 
deeply felt appreciation of the service school 


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Board of Visitors 

Mills E. Godwin 
Governor of Virginia 

Herman H. Pevler 

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Robert C. Watts, Jr. 

Gorham B. Walker, Jr. 

President of the Board 

Thomas E. Sebrell, III 

C. E. Thurston, Jr. 

Ernest H. Williams, Jr. 

Marvin Gillespie 

Sol W. Rawls, Jr 

Organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of 
Virginia, the Virginia Military Institute is governed by a 
Board of Visitors. The Board is composed of fifteen mem- 
bers, eleven coming from the state at large, two non- 
resident alumni, and two "ex officio" members. In all, 
ten members are graduates of the Institute. They are 
appointed by the Governor and approved by the State 
Senate. The Governor of Virginia, Mills E. Godwin, is the 
Commander-in-Chief. The Honorable Gorham B. Walker is 
serving as President of the Board for the current session. 

The Board of Visitors is required to meet at least once 
a year, but usually meets more often. In addition to this, 
the Superintendent is empowered to call the Board into 
session at any time ho feels it necessary to do so. 

John D. deButts 

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The faculty and staff join me in extending congratulations to each of 
you as you complete your cadetship and undergraduate studies. The past 
four years represent a high level of achievement for you and the rewards 
that result from that effort should be a continuing source of satisfaction. 
The record of the Class of 1969 stands on its own merit and will serve 
as an example for those who follow. 

1 know you will recall on the occasion of your ring presentation, your 
Class President, Cadet Frank Easterly, challenged you to recognize the 
important "intangibles" you shared in your life at VMI, This reference to 
values and standards, so well stated by him then, becomes increasingly 
important today. Whatever may be your challenge in the future, you will 
be measured by your integrity, your loyalty and your intellectual promise. 

You now face new horizons as you move to other demanding responsi- 
bilities. You are graduating at an exciting and challenging time in history. 
The economic and technological changes today are moving so rapidly that 
they will present you with unusual opportunities. The realities of this era 
are demanding the intelligent leadership and energies with which your 
generation of graduates is so well endowed. We view your departure with 
a confidence that each member of the Class of 1969 will make a significant 
contribution to his country and to his chosen career. 

The memories of your associations here will long remain and the 
reminiscences of the "Old Corps" will be with each of you in all of the 
years ahead. 

I take this opportunity to commend the Class of 1969 for a "job well 
done. " May happiness and success be yours as you join a proud fraternity-- 
the VMI 

With every good wish. 


Administration and Staff 

Major William E. Graybeal 

Purchasing Officer 

Lt. Col. R. Marlowe Harper 


Major Ronald A. Woodson 

Asst. Director of Cadet Affairs 

Colonel F. H. Barksdale 

Director of Cadet Affairs 

Lt. Col. George B. Davis 


Lt. Col. Robert L. Bierly 

Director of Music 

Dr. William W. Old, III 

Institute Physician 

Joseph L. Presbrey, Jr. 

Director of Public Relations 

Cmdr. Robert K. Wilson 




Col. Douglas C. France, Jr. 

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina Colonel Doug- 
las C. France, Jr. has been closely associated with 
the Institute for many years. While a cadet in the 
Class of '41, he served on the regimental staff and 
was an academically distinguished graduate in 
Chemistry. Colonel France commanded units in 
Europe and Africa during World War II and re- 
turned to VMI as a member of the tactical staff 
in 1946. During the Korean Conflict, he com- 
manded the 8th Artillery Battalion and afterwards 
attended the U.S. Army Command and General 
Staff College. He became Commandant of Cadets 
in 1967 following an assignment as Senior Army 
Advisor to the U.S. Naval War College. 

Responding to constructive proposals of the 
Corps, Colonel France has striven to increase the 
privileges and responsibilities of the First Class 
in governing barracks life. His openminded atti- 
tude in dealing with individual cadets has reflec- 
ted both his experience as a professional army 
officer and his understanding as a concerned 

Tactical Staff 

Maj. Charles R. Weaver 
Cpt. John W. Hayes 
Maj. Barry W. Jenkins 
Cpt. Steven Riethmiller 
Cpt. Gerald F. Reld 
Cpt. John M. Marshall 

Maj. Robert A. Miller 
Cpt. Estel E. Elkins, Jr. 
Cpt. Thomas W. Schlechte 
Maj. David A. Noake 
Maj. Daniel C. Brittlgan 
Col. Douglas C. France, Jr. 

Major Stacy C. Harris 

Assistant Commandant 



Captain Lawrence M. Wood 

Deputy Commandant 

Major Thomas E. C. Hughes 

Deputy Commandant 

Department Heads 

Colonel John W. Knapp 

Civil Engineering 

Colonel James B. Newman 



Colonel George L. Roth 


Colonel George M. Pickral 


Colonel George M. Brooke, Jr. 



Colonel Oscar W. Gupton, Biology 

An overwhelming mass of factual information ... to be stored 
and recalled at will ... to master the situation of the 
moment . . . 


Major iohn R. Tucker, Physics 

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Colonel Gene Wise, Chemistry 

Lt. Col. William C. Sauder, Physics 

Colonel D. Rae Carpenter, Jr., Physics 

a test tube world . . . calculators . . . computers 
. . . apparatus . . . reactors ... not unyielding 
and cold ... the perfection of the result . . . 
application and solution . . . impersonal, yet neces- 
sary to cope with the specialized world. . . . 

Colonel Louis R. Hundley, Biology 

Stanley I. Wetmore, Jr., Chemistry 

Major Daniel C. Brittigan and Captain Julius F. J. Volgyi, Jr., Mechanical Engineering 

Colonel Arthur C. Taylor, Jr., Mechanical Engineering 


Major William A. Vaughan, Civil Engineering 

Kenan Bakin, Electrical Engineering 

Lt. Col. David M. Crim and U. Col. Donald K. Jamison 

Civil Engineering 

Colonel James A. McDonough 

Civil Engineering 

Adm. George C. Seay 

IVIechanical Engineering 

concentration on the unyielding stress of girder and rivet . 
movement wittiin ttie static . . . 

Major Richard S. Trandel, Mechanical Engineering 

Calmet M. Sawyer, Civil Engineering 

Colonel John H. Reeves, Jr., Biology 

Major Joseph L Martin, Mathematics 

the lonely world of the research library— disheartening, frustrat- 
ing .. . extrapolating from the morass of formulas and equations 
and laws . . . criteria . . . plans . . . goals . . . successes . . • 
failures ... all dependent on your ability to take the fullest 


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Major Thomas E. C. Hughes, Physics 


Arthur A. Adams, III, Physics 

Dr. Frank A. Settle, Jr., Chemistry 

Colonel William L Byrne, Mathematics 

benefit of the labors of others . . who groped only so far . . . 
to leave an untouched wilderness of New Worlds with a basis 
... but only a basis ... for new exploits ... new adventures . . . 

Colonel Herbert E. Ritchey, Chemistry 

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Lt. Col. Richard B. IVlinnix, Physics 

Dr. E. Burwell Wingfield 


Colonel Robert F. Hunter and Dr. Lyon G. Tyler, Jr., History 

H. Gordon Williams, Jr., 

conscious and directed application of the experi- 
ence and exposure . . . often unexpected fulfil- 
ment and serendipity ... not confined to one 
discipline . . . 

Colonel Henry S. Bausum, History 

Benjamin S. Clark, Jr., Surveying 

James B. Davis, English 

Captain Steven Riethmiller, Chemistry; Captain A. Roland Jones, Astronomy; Major Philip B Peters 

Physics ' 

Admiral Herman 0. Parish, Mathematics 

but syncretism of fact and thought . . . discovery 
through both ... the emphasis on development 
and not training ... the value not only at the 
end of the experience, but realized along the 
way . . . 

Liberal Arts . . . introspection . . . deduction . . . opinion . . . conjecture . . . 
supposition backed by logic, documentation and research, A world of ideas . . . 
man's thoughts, emotions . . . intangible communication ... the ability to 
express one's thoughts and sway others. It is not a dead world of dusty books, 
stale ideas, stagnant philosophies— but alive and applicable to the challenges of 
everyday life. An experience— a privilege and an adventure for some, for others 

David R. Campbell, Economics 

Dr. Lloyd J. Davidson, English 

Murray Vines, Modern Languages 

Colonel B. McCluer Gilliam 

Political Science and History 

Colonel Carrington C. Tutwiler, Jr., English 

Dr. Brewster S. Ford, English 

a four year rut of classes, four years of missing, just missing, individual or per- 
sonal discovery Ttie ability to ferret new meanings from old works ... new 

expressions for old platitudes ... the revival of inspiration ... of the creative 
ability ... of the poetic demeanor ... of the flame and fire of new worlds 
of experience and meaning ... a deep, sincere and probing 

Dr. Marshall M. Friedman 




Major C. Lloyd Halliburton, Modern Languages 

Thomas Y. Greet, English 

Peter D. Fyfe, Modern Languages 

Joseph E. Puente, Modern Languages 

need to know ... not by the sarcastic and cynic sophistries 
all to prevalent in a society that attempts to crush out all 
dissent, all separatism, all individuality, all creation. Rec- 
ognizing and defeating contradiction by logical 

John W. Boettjer, English 

Colonel William F. Byers, Fine Arts 

Colonel Austin Hi. Drumm, History 

Dr. Chester F. Burgess, English 

Major Edward B. Davis, III, History 

Major William D. Badgett, Fine Arts 

Daniel B. Smith, English 

expostulation and revealing exposition. The need to know 
. . . ttie liunger to learn ... an attempt to fill an un- 
tillable void ... the struggle to know your fellow man 
and to realize yourself. 

Dr. James L. Y. Chang, Economics 

David L Roberts, Economics 

a search . . . unending . . . forever widening . , . ramifying 
. . . yet a search rewarded ... if not in a goal reached, 
then in an ideal attained ... the realization of a modicum 
of the pan-knowledge. 

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Captain Charles Corcoran, Artillerv 

Lt. Col. Leon McCall, Assistant PMS 

Captain Jeffery A. Larson, Armor 

Major Charles R. Weaver, Artillery 

Major Michael A. Vargosko, Armor 

Ma)or Stainton Smith, Infantry 

Major Robert A. Miller and Capt. Pete E. Elkins, Infantry 

not separate but part of the preparation . . . responsibility . . . training . . . 
aerial and ground tactics . . . leadership . . . subjects and experiences beyond 
the implication of the title ... the application yet to come . . . 

Captain John W. Hayes 

Major James D. Hocker 

Colonel William C. Plott 

Captain Lawrence M. Wood 

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Lt. Col. Clyde R. Cloar 

Captain Thomas W. Schlecte 

Major Barry W. Jenkins 

VMI Foundation 

First Row: Charles J. Collins, George D. Brooke. Edward T. Morris, Jr., Mrs. Mary Moody Northen, Gen. Lerruel C. Shepherd, Jr. John J. Kellam, Gorham B. 
Walker, Jr.; Second Row: Laurel B. Boyd, Joseph D. Neikirk, William Maurer, John M. Camp, Jr. Abney S. Boxley, Thomas H. Benners, Floyd D. Gottwald, Jr., 
Giles H. Miller, Jr., Arthur I. Ginsburg, Charles W. Lewis, J. Robert Philpott, Louis G. Kuchuris, Col. George B. Ax. 

Mr. Joseph D. Neikirk 
Foundation Executive Vice President 

Established by the Alumni Association in 1937, the VMI 
Foundation's principal objective is to insure the academic 
excellence of the Institute. Funds for this purpose are 
received through present donations and deferred gifts by 
will, life income trusts, and insurance. The funds are used 
primarily for faculty benefits, cadet scholarships, library 
needs, cultural activities, the Parents Program, and count- 
less other projects for the welfare of cadets. 

In its 32 year history, the Foundation has raised more 
than $3,000,000 which provides annual income of $100,000 
to the Institute. The Foundation's future success, however, 
depends on continued alumni support and grants and be- 
quests of parents and friends. 

The Board of Trustees, with members selected from all 
parts of the country, meets twice annually to supervise 
the work of the Foundation. The Foundation maintains a 
permanent office at the Institute which is directed by 
Joseph D. Neikirk, '32. 


Alumni Association 

Mr. Jack Tice, Secretary 

The VMI Alumni Association was originally organized as the Alumni Military Association in 
1842, the day following the graduation of VH/ll's first class. Several years later, the Asso- 
ciation was chartered under its present name, and was incorporated in 1919. 

In its early years, membership in the Association included only graduates, but is now 
granted to all cadets who leave the Institute in good standing. Much of the work of the 
Association is accomplished through the efforts of E. Jackson Tice, the present Secretary. 

Since the class system promotes such close bonds between VMI men, the Association 
attempts to keep these men together after graduation through the publication of frequent 
newsletters and the Alumni Review, a quarterly magazine. Through the Association, many 
chapter meetings are furnished with speakers whose purpose is to keep the alumni informed 
of the many activities and changes taking place at the Institute. 

The replacement of the outdated Alumni Hall with an appealing, functional, and modern 
facility is the latest project of the Association. Construction of this building would not 
have been possible without the donation made by Mrs. Mary Moody Northen of Galveston, 
Texas. The building will be dedicated in the fall of 1969 in memory of Mrs. Northcn's 
father, William L Moody, Class of 1886. 

Marshall Research Library 

Five years have passed since IVIay 24, 1964, when President Johnson 
and General Eisenhower were the principal speal^ers at ceremonies on the 
parade ground dedicating the George C. Marshall Research Library. In those 
five years, the Library's museum has been seen by thousands of visitors, 
thus helping bring VMI to the attention of an expanding section of the 
public. The museum's new Marshall Plan room, in fact, although only 
a year old, already has attracted the attention of many persons abroad 
as well as in this country. 

Conceived by VMI men as a tribute to the Institute's greatest alumnus, 
the Library is nearing the day when its research facilities in diplomatic 
and military history can be made fully available to cadets and students 
at other colleges. Already it has been used by some cadets as well as 
other students for work on term papers and special projects, and the 
number is certain to increase. 

An asset to VMI, the state, and the nation, the Library is a fitting 
memorial to the man it honors. 


On October 5, 1968, the Virginia 
Military Institute dedicated the re- 
cently completed ROTC building as a 
permanent memorial to Lieutenant 
General Charles E. Kilbourne, the 
Institute's sixth superintendent. The 
dedication ceremony featured a prin- 
ciple address by Governor Mills E. 
Godwin with subsequent remarks by 
Dr. George Boas, Professor Emeritus 
of history and philosophy at Johns 
Hopkins University, and General Al- 
bert C. Wedemeyer, USA, retired, who 
served as aides to General Kilbourne. 

Kilbourne Hall Dedication 

General Kilbourne's career in the 
U.S. Army covered a period of thirty- 
four years from his graduation at the 
Virginia Military Institute in 1894, 
until he assumed the post of Super- 
intendent in 1936. During his colorful 
career, he saw action in the Spanish 
American War, the Boxer Rebellion, 
and World War I. He was the first 
American to hold simultaneously the 
Distinguished Service Cross, the Dis- 
tinguished Service Medal, and the 
Medal of Honor. 

For his outstanding service to the 
Virginia Military Institute, he was 
named Superintendent Emeritus fol- 
lowing his retirement in 1946. 

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The Class of 1969 

If anything could be said about the Class of 1969, let it 

be said that we were wilhng to try to leave the 

little better place to live than we found it four years ago. 

Frank B. Easterly, President 

A First Class accepts the responsibility of the Corps to thf 
Institute. From year to year, these responsibilities vary littlei: 
The combination of attitude and ability in the First Class 
determines whether a year will be successful or unsuccessful; 
pleasant or unpleasant. Ours has been a rapid and excitini 
nine months marked by several of the most progressivt 
changes to occur at VMI in many years. These change 
were brought about by the able leadership of our das 
officers and with the cooperation of the most oper- 
minded team of Cadet Captains we have seen. But the typ: 
of maturity and farsightedness of these few has also bee 
characteristic of our class as a whole. The Class of 196! 
more than any other, has shown that a first class is able I 
accept the responsibilities and burdens of leadership. Tli 
is substantiated by the fact that the administration has a 
ways proven ready to listen to our suggestions for changi 
in a Procrustean system that has, at times, shown itself 
be archaic. This year, the administration has been more th; 
willing to meet us halfway, a privilege not commonly granti 
to any class at the Institute. 



The First Class 

But our history begins four years ago when we matriculated 
in the hot September of 1965. During our Rat year, some 
three hundred plus individuals were thrown together in the 
melting pot of VMI: each of us different individuals, yet fused 
into an entirely new product with one homogeneous quality, 
the fact that we had endured it together. We endured the 
sweat parties, the RDC, the shake downs, and the resurrec- 
tions, until we emerged as a class in March of 1966. 

Our third class year was a tumultuous one. But during this 
iyear, the first visible signs of class unity began to appear 
las we eagerly went to work designing our class emblem and 
making the initial preparations for our first major event, 
iRing Figure. It was during our sophomore year that our class 
gained the reputation for being the best; whether at parties, 
athletics, academics, or military. The spring of our third 
class year brought the final decisions for the design of our 
.rings and the initial preparations of the big day in November 
:he following year. 

■ We returned from an ephemeral summer in September of 
1967, eagerly looking forward to November and our rings, 
:he permanent symbol of our initiation into the VMI fra- 
ernity. We were not to be disappointed. Our whole Ring 
■igure weekend was an unforgettable mosiac of parties, foot- 
lall, and the unrivaled Ring Figure Dances. 

Steven G. Harrington, Historian 

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The Class Of 1969 

The second semester of our second class year was spent in 
preparation for ttie assumption of the leadership positions 
in the Corps. During this period, time-consuming research 
was begun which resulted in the changes of the VMI system 
during our first class year. It was a period of trial and error 
as the Research and Contact Committees conducted their 
studies in the hope of reviving the attitudes and outlook of 
a Corps which had become extremely dissatisfied with con- 
ditions as they existed. 

Finally, summer arrived, and for most, it meant the arrival 
of the trials and tribulations of summer camp. It was a 
profitable experience in which the first class set standards 
of performance to pose a formidable challenge to subsequent 
classes. Although it was an experience we shall not soon 
forget, to many it was merely another rat line to be endured 
and put behind. 

The First Class 

Upon our return for the last time, in August of 1968, we 
found a different VMI. We were all pleasantly surprised by 
some of the changes our efforts had wrought. Changes had 
been made in the General Committee, the rat line, late study, 
and in other aspects of VMI life. We found that the First 
Class had been given a full measure of responsibility in ac- 
tually leading the Corps. It was a challenge: a test of our 
maturity, our dedication, and our patience. We did not shrink 
from this challenge, but welcomed it. As a result, we have 
succeeded in our purpose— to leave the VMI a better place 
than we found it in 1965— and in the process we have ob- 
tained a familiarity and rare closeness with our Brother Rats. 
This is the history of the Class of 1969. It is best to bear 
in mind that such an epilogue could never hope to show all 
the surfaces, all the idiosyncrasies, and all the personalities 
that make up our class. This history, then, can merely conjure 
up in our minds the times and happenings of particular 
significance. It has been an invaluable experience: one we 
shall never forget. 

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Frank Blanton Easterly 


English, Infantry, Lt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Dean's List, Varsity and Rat Football, Rat Wrestling, 
Who's Who. Class President, General Committee and 
Executive Committee Chairman, Contact Committee 
Chairman, English Society. 

Leaving four years of success and accomplishment 
behind, Frank came to VMI, never to be forgotten by 
his classmates. His determination, initiative, and 
ability to control almost any situation brought one 
accomplishment after another — which were felt not 
only by his class, but by the Corps as well. Frank 
will be remembered not only as an outstanding 
athlete and student, but as the chief motivating force 
for the sensible and constructive changes which 
pervade the VMI of 1969. 

With the trials and tribulations of President of the 
First Class, Frank made a brilliant discovery: a petite 
and lovely redhead named Gary. Perhaps this is why 
the pressure and disappointment inherent in the VMI 
system have had such little effect on him. Room 122 
can certainly testify to the cheerful effects of this 

One need not wish a person like Frank good luck 
in the future; determination is so instilled In him that 
success can only be a short distance away. 

Henry Norvall Pedigo Jr. 

Biology, Armor, CpL, Sgt., Lt., Class Vice President, 
Varsity and Rat Baseball, Rat Swimming, General 
and Executive Committee, Ring Committee, Monogram 
Club, Contact Committee, Fellowship of Christian Ath- 
letes, V.A.S.G., Ski Club. 

From the very outset of our Third Class Year, it was 
evident that our choice for class vice-president was 
a wise one. Hank has the rare quality of combining 
sternness with joviality and a sense of duty with 
common sense. Both in the locker room and in the 
barracks room. Hank exudes the aura of competence 
and responsibility that creates in those who know 
him the impression that he is a leader. Occasionally 
known as "the Enforcer," but more often as "buddy;" 
Hank is universally respected by all those who have 
had occasion to deal with him. If not a scholar. Hank 
will be recalled as an athlete, friend, and leader. At 
the risk of being trite, it can be said that Hank 
leaves VMI a better place. For one who has such 
an accomplishment to his credit, well wishers are 

Steven George Harrington 


Chemistry, Infantry, CpL, Lt., Distinguished Military 
Student, Dean's List, ASC, Varsity and Rat Football, 
Rat Track, Newman Club, Class Historian, Honor 
Court— First Vice-President, Who's Who, Contact Com- 
mittee, I.G.B.A., VA. 

If one man from the class were to be dubbed the 
most well-rounded, surely it would be multifarious 
Steve. Perhaps more than anyone else, Steve has seen 
VMI from all angles. As class officer. Vice Presi- 
dent of the Honor Court and cadet officer, he has had 
an opportunity and has succeeded in contributing much 
to the school and to his class. Steve has won respect 
on the football field, in the classroom, and on the 
fifth stoop. With all this, however, Steve remains 
humble, quiet, and unassuming, yet decisive and 
thorough in his actions. Socially, he has always 
found difficulty with his numbers; sometimes he does 
not date, but when he does, he always ends up 
with 2 or more (3 at the Tech game '67) for the 
weekend. If VMI has ever produced a man for all 
seasons, it is Steve. Be it civilian or military, Steve's 
future is a bright one indeed. Our appreciation and 
thanks for a job well done go with him. 


Richmond, Virginia 

Waverly, Virginia 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 




Melvin Ernest Adams 

"Mel" "Melton" 

Biology, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Rat and Varsity Cross Coun- 
try, Rat and Varsity Indoor Track. Rat and Varsity Out- 
door Track, English Society. VAS. Baptist Student Union 
—State Vice President. Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 
Glee Club, Cheerleader, Ring Committee, Scouters 
Club, Ghetto, Cadet Waiter, Library Assistant, Clitton 
Forge Club, F-Troop, Fire Fighters. 

Mel came to VMI knowing what he was getting into 
and in the course of four years he has certainly 
managed to get into it. He has given practical meaning 
to the words "Brother Rat" as over and over again 
the battle cry rings forth "Let Mel do it!" Hyperactive 
in many activities. Mel has been forced to drop back 
and punt a couple of times in academics, but he's 
always managed to pull through. 

Mel, "The Fox," has usually managed to stay one 
jump ahead of the Institute in his social life. Flying 
high as a third and second, especially in the area 
of Westhampton College, he suffered the double 
indignity of not only being shot down, but also having 
the wreckage strafed at the start of his First Class 
year. Not daunted, however, the intrepid Fox is once 
again flying high. 

Good luck always, B.R.! 

Robert Moore Alexander 

Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Rat Soccer, VAS, Cadet Library 

Fresh out of a military prep school. Bob Alexander 
found himself in the Rat Line and wondering where 
he went wrong. After suffering through his Rat year 
with the most unusual roommates, he decided that 
neither Civil Engineering nor Corporal stripes were for 
him. Bob became a varsity member of the "grub 
team" in the Ghetto and joined the Biology Depart- 
ment in hopes of improving his G.P.A. By this time 
Bob realized that he was going to be a frequent visi- 
tor to Lexington during the summer, but this wasn't 
as bad as it sounded. Just before the beginning of his 
second class year he set sights on three things: 
graduation, a certain girl in Lexington, and Dental 
School. With fond memories of Ring Figure, weekends 
in Charlotte, N.C., and summer camp. Bob faced his 
first class year with anticipation and a desire to 
complete his undergraduate studies. Bob's cost for 
four years can only be summed up as, "warm and 
wonderful — not VMI." 

David Henry Altizer 


Electrical Engineering, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., 
Distinguished Aerospace Student, Distinguished Ac- 
ademic Student, IEEE— President, Sigma Pi Sigma, 
Religious Council, Westminster Fellowship, I.G.B.A. 

According to Marlyn Ziegler, an ex-classmate, Dave 
was a quiet, hard working guy from Tanzzz-well High 
School. He was true to form during the first two 
years of his cadetship, except for a few noticable 
exceptions which were indications of changes to 
come. The first was the Thanksgiving celebration his 
Rat year, followed by his subscription to culture and 
his mysterious absence from finals parade his third 
class year. 

He returned his second class year with snorkle and 
fins, but the only thing he tackled was his hayroll. 
His first class year, again with snorkle and fins, he 
finally conquered Rat swimming. After zipping back 
on his stripes, he devoted his time to the finer things 
of life in Virginia, but never lost his trademark, the 
Tazewell Twang. We wish him the best of luck in 
the future and we are sure he will make a tine 
career officer. 


Clifton Forge, Virginia 

Tazewell, Virginia 

South Boston, Virginia 

Lynchburg, Virginia 

Walter Claude Anderson, III 


Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Distinguished IVlili- 
tary Student, Who's Who, Dean's List, Varsity Trainer, 
Bomb Staff— Advertising IVIanager and Business Man- 
ager, VAS— Sec.-Treas., Publications Board, Ring Com- 
mittee— Sec. -Treas., Assistant Physical Education In- 
structor, Hop and Floor Committee. 

The frail, homely little man shuffled up to the 
arch, kicked the good Halifax County soil off his boots 
smiled brightly, and stepped into "the Abode" He 
spent the first year dreaming of that big John Deere 
back home. Then he began to change. He was soon 
mowing down the women like he used to cut brush 
beyond "the third hollo" with his tractor. He traded 
in his overalls for a dark blue three-piece suit. He 
turned his body into a powerful machine His corner 
of VMI was at times an infirmary ("Is Dr. Anderson 
in? ), but always a haven for those seeking friendship 
and kindness. Most of all. he became collegiate But 
some things about "Reb" will never change. The 
bright smile and determined heart are still there 
And on the Sunday nights when he returns from one 
of his frequent trips home (he still has a face only 
his mother could love), he kicks the good Halifax 
County soil off his black wingtips before he steps 
through the arch. 

Courtney Earl Apperson 

"App" "Court" 

Physics, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat Track, Sigma 
Pi Sigma— President, Society of Physics Students- 

There have been three significant effects on Court- 
ney's cadetship— VMI, nuclear reactors, and Betty 
Anne, not necessarily in that order. Ever since he 
arrived he has led a cloistered life deep in the bowels 
of Mallory Hall, but even the dedicated must fall. 
Betty Anne called him away (temporarily) and managed 
to distract him enough to get one ring around her 
finger and another through his nose. A distinguished 
member of the 168 Club, he has managed to keep 
his sleeves virgin, while maintaining a Dean's List 
average in physics. A long summer camp convinced 
him positively that the Army has no future, so Court- 
ney went Duck Hunter. With an early acceptance at 
U.Va., and with a long career as a nuclear physicist 
and a married man ahead of him, we wish him the 
best of luck and hope that he is able to divide his 
attention between Betty Anne and reactors. 

O'Conor Goolrick Ashby 

"Conor" "Smash" 

Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Dean's List, Rat Foot- 
ball, Pioneer Investment Club, Honor Court Lacrosse 
Club, I.G.B.A. 

How does the cliche go, "Put a tiger in your tank"? 
Well, the saying may be trite, but the idea that it 
conveys is quite applicable to Conor. For Conor is 
quiet literally a tiger, (a Woodberry "Tiger", that 
is) who enjoyed significant successes at Woodberry 
Forest High School. Conor demonstrates a "Tiger" in 
his personality, too. While he gives the appearance 
of a relatively quiet, unassuming sort of person, 
Conor exhibits a determination and stamina beyond 
comparison in everything in which he participates. His 
position as a distinguished member of the Honor 
Court and an occasional Dean's List student are 
indicative of his ability to mold determination into 
success. However, it must be noted that this "Tiger" 
that we have described quickly melts into the "Lamb" 
when in the company of one Judith. Judith also seems 
to be quiet and unassuming, but— we suspect that 
likes are attracted. Conor is just one of those people 
that you have to label a "good man" and, unquestion- 
ably, successes will continue to be his. 

FIRST _ ., 

Fredericksburg, Virginia 

Thomas Drummond Bagwell 

"Tom" "Bags" 

English, Armor, Pvt,, Dean's List, Varsity, Fencing, 
and Rat, English Society— Treasurer, Bridge Club, Hop 
and Floor Committee, Fire Fighters. 

"Whoa, Rat! Why are you wearing boots with your 
straight pants?" This was an omen of Bag's next 
three years. His cadetship culminated with a year of 
warfare with the Good-to-ma's who resented his 
unique position of having Institute first class priv- 
ileges while being a G.C. second. A true epicurean, 
Bags doesn't waste time working, but spends it in 
pleasure-sleeping! He has even fallen asleep before 
a teacher could finish answering his question. His 
keen wit and Southside Virginia accent are part of 
his charm. We brother rats are all jealous of Tom, 
who is smart enough to graduate a semester early. 
We are sure that his ability to get out of trouble will 
get Bags out of the Army and into law school. 

Good luck to you, Tom and to Sherry. 

Gordon Bailey 


Electrical Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Dean's List, 
AlP, IEEE, Ring Figure Magazine — Consulting Editor, 
AFC, Flight Instruction Program, YRC. 

Gordon is a conscientious worker. He is noted for 
his high moral character and great ambition. Aca- 
demically, he is a Dean's List student. Militarily, he 
was highly rated at summer camp. Musically, he is 
the one who keeps the Band in tune. Gordon's ex- 
periences range widely from his adventures in Hong 
Kong and Japan to his knowledge of modern tech- 
nology. He is the one who is willing to help Brother 
Rats in anything from typing term papers to cleaning 
rifles for inspection. In the future Gordon might be 
found flying in the wild blue yonder, ready at any 
time to be of service to us. He plans to become a 
pilot in the Air Force and later a commercial pilot. 
He wants his pilot job to be the major artery to his 
ether interests, which include architecture, interna- 
tional business, international travel, and electrical 
engineering. We certainly wish him the best of luck 
in the future and we know that, like most VMI men, 
he will be a man to emulate. 

William Knox Bailey, Jr. 


English, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., English Society— President, 
Fire Fighters. 

Bill has found his joy in academics and Linda, not 
necessarily in that order, and his dislikes in the dull- 
ness of VMI life. As one of his favorite authors, 
Charles Dickens, would say concerning the Institute, 
"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. 
We were all going to heaven, were all going the 
other way." The depth of writing found in Poe, 
Hawthorne and Melville are a part of Bill's character, 
yet he manages to combine Elizabethan ideas with 
American puns in a manner entirely his own. He re- 
ceived four consecutive citations as the first ranking 
regimental worrier, and constantly provided mental 
gymnastics for barracks lawyers. Those who know Bill 
have enjoyed his light wit, diligence and sincerity, 
and have learned the art of complete footnoting 
from a most noteworthy man. 

Richmond, Virginia 


Westfield, New Jersey 

Bluefjeld, Virginia 



Streator, Illinois 

Henry Leslie Baker, III 


Englisli, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Football, Varsity 
Wrestling. Rat Fencing, Political Science Society, 
Ghetto, I.G.B.A. 

Henry Baker came from ttie booming metropolis of 
Streator, Illinois, to try the rigors of the VMI. It is 
fact that Henry crashed the "social life" of world- 
famous Rockbridge County. Whether the great Northern 
Bear made more of an impression on the South than 
the South made on him is dubious. The Southern way 
of life seemed to agree with him, especially that 
certain southern belle. (Right, Anne?) 

Perhaps there was no-one else at VMI who had 
the tact and luck to turn a seemingly adverse situa- 
tion into a benefit. This was Henry's bag. Put him 
into Hell and he'll make a comfortable environment 
out of it. Henry's career as a cadet is accentuated 
with successes in every field of endeavor, sports, 
scholastics, and social activity. Perhaps there was no 
one who was more of a natural leader in the 
Corps, but who wanted less of the VMI type of 
leadership. Henry coulfl be dep3nded on as a friend, 
an advisor, or as a B.S. artist. He always said what 
he believed and took action for his friends and in 
his own behalf. Good luck to a good friend and a 
great personality. 

John Tennyson Baker 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Cadet Staff, ASCE, 
Varsity PX, Who's Nobody Club. 

Foregoing the soft life and pleasures of "College," 
John saw VMI and NEB as his path to success. Having 
tried on his Father's Hokie uniform, John took to the 
military almost immediately, striving to be the epitome 
of every first class private. Seeing that the worldly 
pleasures were not for him, JT made every effort 
to pursue his education, even to the extent of giving 
up the frolic-filled summers to remain at VMI. But not 
to be onesided, John endured the hardships of 
Johnny's and the out-side world even to the point of 
taking a semester's leave of absence to do some 
independent research. In all seriousness, though, we 
must admire John for his tenacity and jovial spirit, 
and, wherever HE GOES and whatever goals he pur- 
sues, the Class of '69 sends their best wishes— Si 
tentat bonum, id agabo. 

James William Baker 

"Jim" "Skinny" 

Biology, Artillery, Cpl., Sgt., Lt, Distinguished Mili- 
tary Student, Dean's List, Cadet Staff, Bomb Staff, 
VAS, Timmins Music Society, Class Car Committee, 
Student Union Committee, Ring Figure Committee! 
Research Committee, Tidewater Club, Cadet Battery! 
Regimental Band. 

. . . And then "Skinny" Baker came to study at 
VMI. Although more affectionately known as "Skinny," 
this young man carries such aliases as Mr. Obnoxious, 
the Porchmuff Flash, and Nose II. Skinny worked his 
way up through the ranks by starting in the Regimental 
Band as a trombonist, the case of which provided him 
with 3 wonderful years of service as a civilian clothes 
locker. His obvious ambition, ingenuity, and initiative 
were quickly noticed, and his reward came in the 
form of a sabre. Band Company lost a good trom- 
bonist, but some rat gained a civilian clothes locker. 
We could go on and on about Skinny's antics, espe- 
cially his cake and beer birthday party over FTX. As 
a Biology major. Nose II has performed very well, 
and we hope his reward will come as M.C.V. accepts 
him to dental school. 

Richmond, Virginia 

Hassell Lee Barnes, Jr. 


Chemistry, Air Force, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Football, 

ACS, Tidewater Club, 400 Club, Ghetto, Monogram 
Club, "ESF" Award, I.G.B.A. 

Hassell Lee Barnes, whip, lean and plenty mean, 
came to VMI with high hopes, of "big time" football, 
high academic achievement and military rank. The 
"laughing Rat" was quickly discouraged from the 
latter on his first ventures into a strong fascination 
for young Leo. 

When Lee's third class year came around, things 
were definitely going to be better. Perhaps the biggest 
thrill was playing defensive end for the Big Red as 
no. 80 — where he continually made his presence felt 
in enemy backfields (as well as at the College Inn). 

With the polish and the poise Lee picked up his sec- 
ond class year, he found his way tc the All Southern 
Conference ranks, which vaulted his qualifications to 
become a member of the famed Michigan Wrecking 
Crew. 18-13, 12-10, Ring-figure, and Zollmans made 
his second class year a most memorable one. 

After three vintage years, Leo capped his first class 
year by finally breaking into the envied "townie cir- 
cuit" — where Leo spent many an evening chasing true 
love's ways in the ole pick-up truck! With graduation, 
the Ghetto, the football team, and the Chemistry De- 
partment will certainly lose one of its most illustrious 
members. Good luck, Doctor Barnes, and take care. 

Gene Woodard Beale 

"Large" "Jumbo" 

Economics, Armor, Pvt., Rat Football, Rat Wrestling, 
Rat Indoor and Outdoor Track, Ring Figure Magazine, 
Ghetto, Tidewater Club. 

Very seldom does any cadet leave VMI without an 
enemy, but it can be truly said of Gene that everyone 
who knew him was richer because of it. The "Ghetto 
Guru" epitomized for four years what "ghetto living" 
really meant in the best sense. Gene made no 
distinction between classes: friends were friends, 
whether First Classmen, Brother Rats, or new cadets. 

On every stoop, the '42 room could be depended 
upon to provide a pleasant word to enlighten a 
gloomy day. It would be hard to forget the many 
back-room escapades where Gene held court. Anyone 
who attended the conventions held at Johnny's or the 
CI could vouch that Gene knew how to have a good 
time and create one. He never refused a friend a 
minute of advice, a favor, or just a pleasant battle 
of wits. His opinion was always valuable because of 
his vast reservoir of experiences in sports, Bahamas, 
and Courtland, Virginia. 

Best of luck to Gene, one of the few truly emergent 
leaders at VMI. Future success will be guaranteed by 
his most glamorous asset, Katherine, who has played 
an important role in Gene's life these four years. 

Bruce Owen Beaulieu 

Mathematics, Infantry, Pvt., CpL, Sgt., Distinguished 
Military Student, Rat and Varsity Swimming, Iowa 
Swimming Club — Honorary Member, Northeast Chapter 
Head Iowa Club, Aquatic Club, Monogram Club, Who's 
Nobody Club. 

"Cousin Brucie Bo-leo," after four years, has 
turned out to be one of those "honorable youths" 
you hear so much about. Determined to be at least 
Regimental Commander some day, Bruce, from the 
beginning, decided that the way of the stripes would 
be his path, and, sure enough, sleeves blossomed 
during his third and second class years. But, alas, 
things did not go as well as planned, and August 
found him back in the ranks with the good guys. 

Rank, apparently, just wasn't his bag. 

Brucie's real distinction, however, lay deep in the 
basement of JM Hall, where he emulated his true 
hero, Superfish, and spent four wet years with the 
swimming team. (In the pool or out, Bruce always 
was in up to his neck anyway!) In fact, he spent 
so much time in the tank that his feet began to web. 

It is just as well, since before long his body 
will belong to Uncle Sam's crunchies. But, as always, 
his heart will belong to Clara. 

Norfolk, Virginia 

Courtland, Virginia 


Hanson, Massachusetts 


District Heights, Maryland 


Arlington, Virginia 

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Charles Patrick Becker 


Economics, Armor, Cpl.. Sgt., Regimental Color Sgt., 
Distinguished Military Student, Dean's List, Rat Judo, 
Newman Club, Ring Figure Committee, Class of 1969 
Research Committee. 

Chuck managed to ease through his rat year with 
a few battle scars and two roommates — the original 78 
Club. Our third class year brought Chuck back to VMI 
to start his weekly exodus to the Treasurer's Office 
and that climb through the ranks of Band Company. 
Rats feared him, girls loved him, and the Comman- 
dant's Office rewarded him after Christmas furlough. 
Second class year meant class rings, Sgt.'s stripes. 
Soul Kings, the big switch to the little people, more 
ECO, studies, and that blind date from Sem. 

Our First Class year is here and Chuck has May 18 
in his eyes and bells in his ears. He has tried just 
about "all" of VMI and is always ready to try any 
thing new — from stubbing toes on the Judo mat, 
playing a wild trumpet, "tweeting," getting that silver 
plate at summer camp, even to studymg now and then. 
Chuck is always coming out on top and, from the looks 
of things, now there will be someone special next to 
him; a girl who is just as tops as Chuck. The best to 
you both! 

John Emory Belt 

"The King" 

Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., ASCE, Who's 
Nobody Club, Scuba Club, Rifle & Pistol Club, Northern 
Virginia Club, Dean's List. 

Wfhen John, the carefree "King," arrived at VMI, he 
found himself immediately dethroned and subjugated 
to the great tyrannical power of his dyke — the Regi- 
mental Commander. But can one such blow defeat a 
king? Certainly not! Four years of unending struggle 
have found John again seated upon his throne, sur- 
rounded by a group of loyal followers, and an ever- 
growing harem (which, incidentally, will "never catch 
the King!") 

Despite this ceaseless struggle for power, John has 
been able to find sufficient time to concentrate on the 
more important aspects of college: T.V. and Saturday 
nights at Johnny's, with even an occasional hour spent 
on stuf<ies. There is little doubt that John will 
remain "the king" in whatever he undertakes in the 
future, whether it be law, engineering, or full-time 
playing around. Best of luck to a real brother rat! 

Robert Martin Biddle, Jr. 


Economics, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Varsity and Rat Football, Varsity and Rat Wrestling, 
Monogram Club, Ghetto, King of Barracks Study Room, 

Every once in a while someone like "Bobo" acci- 
dently comes through the arch. Although we, the Class 
of 1969, feel that ours is the best, no one can argue 
that Bob Biddle is one of the best athletes to go 
through VMI. There are few people in the Corps that 
command as much respect as this West Virginian. 
Even though he hasn't torn the Economics Department 
apart (as he has so many of his opponents), it is 
evident that, given the time and desire, he, too, 
would be right at the top. Although this year has been 
like a nightmare, it is apparent that no one will keep 
this person from being a winner. Wishing Bob luck in 
the future would be a waste of time, because, with his 
drive and determination, he is assured a success. 
Graduation may separate Bob from the rest of us, 
but forgetting him will be a difficult task. Whenever 
we see or hear about the Big Red, we will never for- 
get the distant chant of the Corps of Cadets — "Kill, 
Bobo, Kill." 

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Parkersburg, West Virginia 

Thomas George Blair, Jr. 


History, Infantry, Pvt., Battalion Sgt. Maj., Distin- 
guished Military Student, Distinguished Academic Stu- 
dent, Dean's List, Bomb Staff— Copy Editor, Cadet 
Staff, Episcopal Chaplains Committee. Young Republi- 
cans—Founder, Rangers, Fire Fighters, Library Assis- 
tant, Cadet Union Receptionist, Cadet Guide, 

Being an Army brat, it seemed only natural that 
Tom would pick VMI as the place to develop for four 
years. Apparently, he took to the system from the be- 
ginning, getting an extra boost from his infamous 
dyke, Reyn. whom so many of us well remember. Not- 
withstanding the hardships of his initial experience at 
VMI, it is safe to say that Tom has steadily progressed 
and reached the goals he set for himself. His academic 
pursuits have resulted in his name appearing on the 
Dean's List, and, at the same time he has managed to 
devot: some cf his efforts to the benefit of VMI by 
working on the Cadet and Bomb. Tom finally reached 
another goal this year by getting his stripes as a 
member of the battalion staff. As he begins his service 
career, our finest wishes go with him. 

William Randolph Blandford, Jr. 

■■Bill" ■"Willie" 

History, USMC, Pvt., Lacrosse, Political Science Society, 
IRC, Fire Fighters, Class Automobile Committee, Who's 
Nobody Club— Sergeant at Arms. 

September 1955 began four years of highs and lows 
for Bill. From the first Willie was higher than the 
rest of us — he roomed on the fifth stoop — but soon 
came down to the fourth stoop and tackled the tough 
History curriculum. Being from the big city of Pow- 
hatan, and well used to wild women and fast cars. 
Bill became the Pontiac representative for the car 
committee his first class year. During his third class 
year, Willie decided to take a big step— toward Viet- 
nam — and joined the Marine Corps. During this year 
Willie was given the Golden Gloves Award for his 
prowess in settling disputes peaceably. The female 
populations of Madison and Mary Baldwin felt the 
charm of VMI's leatherneck lover. Willie entered the 
"No. 1 Club" for a short time with his part in the 
Great Conspiracy of Finals '67. 

Finally. August '68 arrived and that final year began 
slowly passing. Bill reached his peak as a student and 
as a friend. His sincere way and intelligent mind will 
carry him to a most successful future. 

Donald Charles Bogard 


Electrical Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Distin- 
guished Aerospace Student, Fencing, Ring Figure Maga- 
zine, Cadet Staff, IEEE, IRC, Spirit Committee, '69 
Ring Committee, Food Committee, AFC, Scooters Club, 
Dean's List, Political Science Society, Tidewater Club, 
Fire Fighters. 

When Don first walked into Jackson Arch on Septem- 
ber 9, 1965, he was determined to conquer every 
aspect of the Institute. He has done this by showing 
superiority both in academics and the military. Don 
is the type of guy who could be successful in any 
aspect of life and has proven this in his four years 
at VMI. 

As Don enters the Air Force, he is doing so with 
great enthusiasm. The four years he serves in the 
service will undoubtedly be full of great achievement 
and leadership. Being an electrical engineer, many 
large corporations will jump for the chance of having 
Don as a part of their team. The one that acquires 
his many talents will certainly become a more ad- 
vanceri corporation. 

As Don leaves the Institute, all of his Brother Rats 
and every person who has ever come into contact with 
him wish him a bright and successful future. 

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Ft. Belvoir, Virginia 

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James Darrell Boggs 

"The Deacon" 

Englisli, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity and Rat 
Cross Country, Varsity and Rat Track, Sounding Brass — 
Associate Editor, Religious Council — President, Luth- 
eran Club— Vice President, Glee Club, YRC, YAF. 

Jim, also known as the Regimental Chaplain, wras 
an electrical engineer for his first two years at the 
Institute. Concluding his third class year, he decided 
that in preparation for the ministry, it would be of 
greater benefit to become an English major. Yet, he 
has often asserted, "Every English major should be 
an engineer for at least two years in order that he 
may learn how to think." Jim became an Honors 
English candidate as a first, but having learned to 
think for himself, he was not content to limit his 
intellectual endeavors by becoming a commentator 
on the commentaries of others. Instead, he chose to 
lead an active and creative last year at VMI. When 
it became apparent to him that this goal was not 
consonant with the goals of the Honors program, he 
resigned from the program. The class looks forward 
to the day when the commentaries will be written on 
the works of James D. Boggs. 

Lewis Alexander Boggs, V. 


History, Armor, Pvt., Religious Council, AFC, Civil War 
Roundtable, Richmond Club, Tidewater Club, Fire 

Entering VMI with "And I turned down U.Va." on his 
lips. Lew became a student of Chinese economics and 
a great follower of the Silver school of thought. He 
discovered that Economics at the Institute is not an 
LA curriculum. Plagued by calculators that never 
worked and a "magic stick" he was not allowed to 
use, Lew entered his First Class year as a member 
of the .007 Club and (finally) found his home on 
the 500 level SSH. 

Home for Lew has been an APO, Randolph Hall, and 
a blanket on the back seat of a car. Ring Figure 
brought an end to those Japanese steam baths and 
Scandinavian blonds in exchange for two rings and a 
champagne glass, three hour privileges, a $25 increase 
in quarters allowance, and the knowledge that 200 
miles can be as far away as 7000. 

Charles Edward Bowen 


Economics, Armor, Pvt., English Society, Number One 
Club, ASCE, Political Science Society, AFC, Northern 
Virginia Club, Wesley Foundation, Museum Assistant, 
Hop Escort. Ghetto, IRC, Who's Nobody Club, Fire 

When Beau came to VMI, he promised to leave if 
he received as much as 5-1-5. One "number 1," two 
number 6's and several lesser penalties later, he is 
still here. Beau has survived several experiences which 
would have caused a lesser man to falter — a year of 
"geed's," 17 unsuccessful love affairs, and, of course, 
the famous "pull-your-head-out" episodes of his third 
class year. But now he has found his true love, Bev, 
who promises to last forever, or at least until the end 
cf the month. Beau, or Shylock. as he is known to his 
clients, has made a name for himself as the barracks 
entrepreneur, with enterprizes ranging from selling 
himself into servitude to offering protection to Rats — 
for a price, naturally. His intelligence and lack of 
scruples should carry him far in the business world. On 
the serious side. Beau has always been willing to 
help anyone in need. His keen sense of humor has 
served him well at VMI, and brightened many a day. 
But most of all, he has been a friend. 

Luray, Virginia 

Patteson Branch, Jr. 

"Sweet Pea" "Pat" 

History, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Wrestling, Pio- 
neer investment Club, YRC, Richmond Club. 

Not commg from a military family, Pat has had to 
spend his winters at VMI and his summers at West 
Point trying to perfect his marching. 

Although Pat spends a lot of time on the military 
(do not get us wrong), he does have a social life. As 
a matter of fact, it is a very active one. His second 
class year he had a date 13 week-ends in a row and 
this year he has been Itnown for his road trips to 
Georgetown and Richmond. 

Those who know him remember the Midnight drive 
of Patteson Branch, which exemplifies just how sneaky 
he really is. 

Since Pat's source of income became employed by 
IBM, his thinking has become "calculated," which 
falls in line with IBM's motto: "You do the thinking 
and let us do the work." We feel sure that such 
thinking will earn Pat success throughout life. 

Andrew Moore Brantley 


History, Infantry, Pvt., Rat Rifle Team, Spirit Com- 
mittee Co-Chairman, Hiking and Gun Club, Ghetto, 

Little did VMI realize what it had bargained for 
when young Andrew signed the register on that fate- 
ful day in September, 1965. Thoroughly trained in the 
finer aspects of the military (having spent several 
years at Hargrave). Drew finally reached the big time. 

Drew's 2-and-40 his Rat year for consumption of 
alcohol was only a glimmer of greater things to come. 
Midway in his third class year, a strange phenomena 
came to infect "Drewus" with the desire to paint any- 
thing. From wishing everyone a Merry Christmas via 
Stonewall Jackson Claus. expressing his support of our 
football endeavors. Drew even gave a sincere farewell 
to dear old "68." Drew also became well acquainted 
with good old "Chicken Dicken" and 10-3 months-45. 

With Ring Figure too "good to-me" to believe. Drew 
painted his way to a glorious 4-60 from the E.G. — G.C. 
Fight team. Fight. 

Well, 400+ demerits, 45+ weeks of confinement, 
and 400+ penalty tours later, Drew passed on — a 
legend in his own time. 

Gary Joseph Braswell 


History. Air Force, Pvt., Dinstinguished Aerospace Stu- 
dent, Floor Committee, Hop Committee — President, 

Gary has risen from the ranks of "swabbie" in the 
Navy to an officer in the Air Force. His cadetship pro- 
duced this and many more remarkable achievements. 
As his years at VMI increased, "Bras" grew, and the 
end result was a self made man. He proved to be a 
diligent worker and a good friend who was always 
willing to help others around him. For his effort in 
praparing VMI dances, Gary was rewarded with the 
honor of being president of the Hop Committee. Our 
"Mr. President" produced the highest quality dances 
and made every effort to put new life into them. Al- 
though not a ranking scholar on "Mount Olympus," 
Gary possesses a vast accumulation of knowledge 
that is not always found in the textbook. Known for 
his habitual stay behind the cash register in order 
to make a little "jack," VMI has produced not only a 
connoissieur of stoop-poop, but a slick financier. When 
the time finally comes for him to pull out of Limits 
Gates in a red Mustang with a DAS certificate in his 
back pocket, we know that a certain lucky girl and 
the USAF will be getting a good man. 

Raleigh, North Carolina 

Virginia Beach, Virginia 


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Lexington, Virginia 

Paul James Bross 


Civil Engineering. Armor, Pvt.. Color Sgt.. Distin- 
guished Military Student, Dean's List, ASCE, United 
States Armor Association, Lutheran Club — President, 
Tanker Platoon, YAE, Young Republicans, Fire Fighters, 

Paul has always wanted a military career and has 
managed to gain insight into military matters in spite 
of the abundance of trivia that is concentrated in this 
paramilitary school. His success lies in being honored 
for bucking the system of infinite nothingness that 
makes up a VMI day. Paul and knowledge are insepar- 
able and he often complains that formal education 
interferes with learning. Decisiveness and "Deutscher 
Ordnung" are Paul's characteristics and those who 
know him well expect to read one day of his lining 
up all the tanks in his command and issuing that 
order seldom heard in modern warfare — "CHARGE!" — 
now commissioned RA Artillery. 

David Christy Brothers, II 

"Chris" "B.T." "Bullshoot" "Zero" 

Biology, Air Force, Cpl., Dean's List, Varsity and Rat 
Basketball, Rat Track, VAC, Biology Assistant, Psy- 
chology Assistant, Ex-Buddy Club, Ugly Man Club, 

"Hey Chris, who are you dating this weekend?" 

"Well, I'm not really sure. I was going to date this 
cute little girl from Rand-Mac, but she wrote and said 
that her aunt got sick and she has to go home. Then I 
got a good friend to get me a date from Hollins, but 
she called me Wednesday and said her mother was 
coming up to take her shopping. And now I've got a 
status slip to call this girl at Sem who said she'd date 

But it takes more than a jinxed love-life to get the 
tall, cheerful Lexington "townie" down. His determina- 
tion and hard work have placed him at the top of 
his class academically, and his outgoing personality 
has won him a place in the hearts of his classmates. 
These qualities, coupled with an overwhelming sin- 
cerity toward others, have won him the respect of all 
those he encountered. And his well-roundedness is 
exemplified by his immediate acceptance into medical 

One's pleasure cannot be derived from mere knowl- 
edge of the attributes which distinguished him from 
his peers, but rather knowing Chris . . . Chris. 

Peyton Goolrick Brown 


English, Armor, Pvt., Varisty Basketball, Varsity Track, 
Rat Basketball, Rat Track, Rat Cross Country, Mono- 
gram Club. 

An all-state selection in high school from Bedford, 
Peyton will always be remembered as the spark of the 
varsity basketball team. Bob Hummel of West Virginia 
will never forget his sock-itto-me antics in the final 
minutes. When he is not fighting it out on the floor, 
he is rolling around in the sand at Virginia Beach. 

Hailing from the "Gtietto," Peyton is one of the 
f'!w who will graduate and retain the same girl for 
four years. Gail, we salute you for such an outstand- 
ing achievement in endurance and patience. 

One of Peyton's greatest contributions was his 
famous "salty dog." Its results have been seen by 
drivers from Lexington to Charlottesville. If the boys 
at U.Va. think they have something on him, they have 
another thought coming. 

Peyton will always be remembered by the boys of 
the Ghetto. To him we wish the very best of luck 
and know that his future will be a bright one. 

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Bedford, Virginia 


Eugene Wynne Browning 


Civil Engineering, Artillery. Pvt., ASCE Ciuil Shaft- 
Managing Editor, ASCE, Civil War Roundtable, Cadet 
Battery— Section Chief. 

Being an army brat, Wynne has moved all over the 
country. Yet by some quirk of fate, or a big mis- 
talie, he elected to come to VIVII. Arriving from the 
sunny weather of San Antonio, he met VMI in the 
form of a first class company commander. 

Much lighter by Christmas. Wynne had decided the 
life of a private was for him. Being a private turned 
out to be much easier than remaining a CE. After 
tv^o summers of extra study on the Hill and one turn 
on Ac Pro. he has achieved a solid academic path. 

His sights are now set on a CE degree and Lt. 
bars. The future at present is unclear. Uncle Sam has 
claim to two years, then anything is possible. 

Charles Faulkner Bryan 


History, Armor. Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Military Stu- 
dent, Dean's List, Bomb Staff, Timmins Music Society 
— President, Civil War Roundtable — President. 

The state of Tennessee sent an able ambassador to 
VMI in the form of "plain old Charlie." This title, 
however, has only favorable connotations, for Charlie 
has never been, nor has ever desired to be, anything 
but himself. Nonetheless, in being himself, the essence 
of genuine sincerity shines through the foll^sy exterior. 
The desire to succeed and worl< hard have brought 
Charlie from the doldrums of Math 101 to doctoral 
aspirations in history. A large part of Charlie's desire 
to do well is due to the girl of his dreams, the sweet- 
est librarian in the state. 

Having completed VMI, Charlie will become a per- 
manent part of a rich VMI tradition. With the Civil 
War as his main field of study, his only salvation lies 
in l<eeping the war in the text book. 

Charles Faulkner Bryan, because of hi.s good na- 
ture, cannot hope to be anything but "plain old 
Charlie." His class wants him to stay that way, and 
there's no doubt that Cammy does too. 

George MacLaren Brydon, III 


Economics, Armor, Pvt., Sup. Sgt., Distinguished Mili- 
tary Student. Bomb Staff — Circulation Manager, Rat 
Football, Rat Track. Ring Figure Committee — Chairman, 
Pioneer Investment Club — Vice President, Hop and 
Floor Committee, Student Union, First Class Represen- 
tative for Alvin Dennis Clothing Store. 

Larry didn't really blossom until our junior year, 
when, as Ring Figure Chairman, he contributed as 
much to the weekend as did the victory over Tech. 
Larry has always been one with an eye for the quick 
buck, with rackets ranging from unauthorized vendor 
on the fourth stoop, to haberdasher, to lapidary. His 
association as a social member of W&L's Sigma Chi 
chapter, coupled with his ready access to a car. has 
left him few opportunities to enjoy Saturday night 
SRC in Crczet Hall. The combination of his Harry-Lime 
appearance and "gift of gab" have left a lasting im- 
pression on his classmates. The expiration of his term 
as VMI's ambassador to the local girls' schools will 
most assuredly not go unnoticed by their inhabitants. 
In a serious vein, Larry will long be remembered for 
his organizational abilities, achievements, and readi- 
ness to help those in need. 

Richmond, Virginia 



Thomas Randolph Buckner 

"Tom" "Buck" "The Duck" 

History, Air Force, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Stu- 
dent, Wesley Foundation, Young Republicans, YAF, 
Political Science Society, Library Assistant, IG.B.A. 

Who is the only History-prating, Physics-hating, 
Brooke-courting, Commodore-supporting, all night-stud- 
ler in Barracks? Who else but the "Lawrenceburg 
Liberal"— well not exactly "liberal." From speaking his 
mind at Sunday School to speaking his mind in Bar- 
racks, Tom became a go-getter. You always knew 
where he stood on matters — Right! Though involved 
in many discussions on every conceivable subject, Tom 
never seemed to let anything bother him. Militarily, he 
is without a doubt one of the most easy going guys, 
never seeming to sweat any of the pestering little 
things that VMI has to offer. 

After an initial switch from Physics (too much math) 
to History, Tom's rise academically was meteoric: from 
average grades his rat year to Dean's List his third 
class year to Distinguished Student his second class 
year: a record anyone would envy. 

"Haben. Sie gluck" in graduate school. Buck. And 
we still think you deserve a B.S. in History. 

George Cameron Budd, Jr. 

"Rose" "The Arm" 

Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, ASCE, 
Who's Nobody Club. 

George left St. C's of Richmond back in '65 and 
strolled through Jackson Arch with a most indifferent 

However, there soon came that rash realization; VMI 
was a military school and "Rose" didn't particularly 
care for that. He quickly became a friend to many 
with his easy way and low care factor. Who else had 
one arm in a cast most of his Rat year and then 
showed up his sophomore year with the other one 
broken? It was none other than "The Arm." 

For raasons unknown, Rose turned over a new 
leaf his 2nd class year . . . academically that is, not 
militarily. It came slowly, but he began to tear up 
the CE curriculum. He has topped off a good junior 
year with an outstanding first class year. Aceing every 
subject isn't bad at any man's school. 

Right now, when he isn't hitting the books over in 
NEB or taking off to Richmond, our boy is anxiously 
awaiting that reply from graduate school. 

Good luck to one of the most congenial guys in 

Jack Riggin Burroughs, Jr. 


Economics, Armor, CpL, Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Mili- 
tary Student, Varsity Fencing, Rat Basketball and 
Cross Country, 322 Club, Distinguished Member of the 
Balcony Brothers, Fire Fighters, I.G.B.A. 

When "Rig" surfed in from Front Royal, Va., on that 
steamy day in September 1965. the waves were up. 
but they soon waned. The dog days of his rat year 
were punctuated by occasional bright spots, such as a 
certain escapade at Limits Gates, which caused the rat 
class much grief after taps that night. At the end of 
his rat year he displayed what was to become his most 
heralded talent of getting the maximum benefit from 
a minimum of effort by becoming a corporal. His third 
class year was devoted to communion with the Corps 
through the joys of rank (Company Room, specials, 
etc.) and to wrestling matches with the demigods of 
academics, specifically those of the Spanish Depart- 
ment. As a Pvt., his second class year he lived a 
more sober, humbler existence. Academics improved, 
and after the tempering experiencs of various economic 
ventures, specials. Ring Figure, Midwinters '68, etc., he 
emerged prepared to take on the untold burdens of the 
first: belt buckles, dykes, rank, and a girl a month. Rig 
will leave VMI a better person; his confidence, easy 
manner, and his ability to win when it counts will 
make him a sure winner in the "real" world. 

Front Royal, Virginia 

David Thomas Bush 


Electrical Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity Cheer- 
leader—Co-head, Rat Baseball, IEEE, J.M. Hall Usher, 
Rat Disciplinary Committee. Pioneer Investment Club, 
Ghetto, Roanoke Club, '69 Social Committee— Chair- 
man, IGBA. 

In the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and sixty- 
five. Bushy Bear signed his life away and followed 
his brother down the crack in the pavement. Dave 
made the transition from high school teeny bopper to 
VIVII's biggest "Hot Dog" without too much difficulty. 
His rat year he kept his chin neatly tucked in and 
never relished the joys of the rat student government 
hence his election to the RDC. The third class year 
found Dave trying to broaden himself economically 
as well as socially and intellectually. The result of 
this "wheeler dealer" operation netted Bushy Bear 
more character than profit. Dave's second class 
year found him as a charter member of the 238 
All Stars and a member, in good standing, of the 
Ghetto. When he was chosen cheerleader, it gave him 
the one thing he coveted most ... an audience. With 
the first class year, few people dreamed that be- 
neath all the glitter and shiny chrome there lurked 
a snake. The first Zollman's Party found a brother 
rat leaving without the sweet thing he had escorted 
to the party. 

If Dave can maintain his cool in the future, he will 
undoubtedly go far . . . very far. 

Warren Arthur Bushey, Jr. 

"Art" "B.P." 

Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Base- 
ball, Rat Gymnastics, ASCE, Dean's List, Class Com- 

From the first it was obvious that Art and the In- 
stitute weren't going to get along. Crippled with the 
vices of common sense and outspokeness, "B.P." was 
destined to four years of conflict with VIVll. 

Highlighting his VMI experiences were his mutual 
love and understanding with his rat First Sgt., as well 
as his dumping the Third Class President in an expres- 
sion of his opinion of the Rat Line. Dumping, however, 
was not limited to class presidents, as early one morn- 
ing it became necessary to dump his roommate after 
stepping on a wet kleenex absent mindedly left on the 
floor the night before. 

Academically, Art survived and often flourished in 
spit" of the excellent quality instructors such as Capt. 
Trailways. Thus, with the aid of his secret defense 
hidden behind the walls of Madison, Art has succeeded 
in maintaining his individualism and being one of the 
few to pass through VMI unscathed. 

Harry William Butler, III 


English, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished 
Military Student, Civil War Roundtable— Vice President, 
AFC, English Society, Ring Figure Committee, Class 
Finance Committee, Cadet Battery-Commander, Most 
Outstanding Bi-linguist, Superintendent's Committee for 
Horse Artillery, Class Research Committee. 

Our hero received his sobriquet "Spunky" early be- 
cause of his constant enthusiasm and. when he es- 
caped his Rat year without a single demerit, rank 
came quickly to our noted Civil War Expert. During 
these early days, Spunky tried a new curriculum each 
semester before settling down with the fellows on 
third floor SSH. His roommates found him always 
eager to repair any item, but his only tools (a ham- 
mer and chisel) soon put him out of business. The 
worst was yet to come, for after the Institute made 
him a movie star with Jackson's Cannon, he almost 
got a plan through Smith Hall to reactivate the Horse 
Artillery. In his last year. Spunk has garnered the 
backing of his platoon by being a rarity — a hairy 
ranker. The weekends found him with Nancy, a four 
year veteran of VMI, who may yet be able to get our 
inveterate wanderer and loner to settle down someday. 
The Commandant's Office will see fewer wild permits, 
and the Cadet Battery may perish, but this Brother 
Rat's friendiy smile and helping hand will affect 
the world. 


Roanoke, Virginia 

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Vienna, Virginia 

Winchester, Virginia 

Westfield, New Jersey 

Alexandria, Virginia 

Robert Louis Byrne, Jr. 


History, Infantry, Pvt. Distinguished Military Student, 
Dean's List, Cadet Staff, Civil War Roundtable, In- 
tramural Tennis, AFC, Young Republicans, IRC, New- 
man Club, Rat Basketball. 

There is some aspect of VMI that appeals to every- 
body, whether it be academics, athletics, or the mili- 
tary. It took Bob a couple of years of looking around 
from his hay before he finally decided to try the 
academic approach. He has found that it is a hard 
fight trying to get an education here, but he has been 
notably successful. 

In spite of being one of the "tool-shed's" R.A. In- 
fantry types, guess what is always keeping him off 
the Dean's List? 

Challenging only the faculty hasn't satisfied Bob. 
He has also tried the Commandant's Office, but with 
much less success. Nevertheless, Bob has failed to 
make the 100 demerit club for the first time this year. 

Although many remember Bob for his constant good 
humor, and undying optimism, those who know him 
well know his more serious side. He is always ready 
to help a friend and to give generously of his time 
and advice. We wish him as much success in the 
future as he has had here. 

Roger Darrell Call 

Biology, Armor, Pvt., CpL, Varsity Judo, Young Repub- 
licans, Class Emblem Committee, Class Finance Com- 
mittee, Northern Virginia Club, Fire Fighters. 

Roger was talked into coming to VMI by a "BR" 
who was afraid to go alone. After a year and a summer 
as an electrical engineer, he traded his slip-stick and 
dry cell for a microscope and scalpel in the belief that 
Biology would best prepare him for a career in wild- 
life management. Being happily pinned to two girls at 
once is a proof of his skill in this area. 

Roger has spent four years in Lexington trying to 
live the good life and find a good steak. After a brief 
term as a corporal, he finally found the good life, but 
never the elusive sirloin. He spent the rest of the 
academic year memorizing biology and chemistry. Al- 
though frustrated in his efforts to make Dean's List, 
he did hold a successful dyke school while continuing 
to work for his degree. 

Rog is impossible to find during furlough, as he is 
usually engaging in his first love — driving in search 
of a second or third. It is not unusual for Rog. 
who would like to be a racing driver, to log 2,000 
miles in a week. Whether he becomes a marine 
biologist, a racing driver or a career soldier, this 
brother rat will be a credit to VMI. 

Richard Cochrane Camp 


Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Wrestling, Rat 
Judo, Bomb Staff, Soul Kings Combo. Commanders. 

Proudly displaying the physical dimensions of a fire 
hydrant, the "Stump" lived, loved, and studied through 
four years at VMI marred only by an acute lack of 
fingernails. He will be remembered by his Brother Rats 
for his ability to hide under a wide assortment of hats, 
and for his possession of the only straight pants in 
barracks with the same dimensions as a pair of 
bermuda shorts. 

In addition to his dry wit and his soulful lead gui- 
tar solos with the Soul Kings, the Stump also pos- 
sessed a serious determination to realize his goals. 
This determination paid off, and next year the Stump 
will be found roaming the hallowed halls of the MCV 
Dental School, with a book in one hand, a drink in the 
other, and his guitar obediently following a safe dis- 
tance behind. 




James Paxton Campbell 


History, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Reg. Sgt. Maj., Dean's 
List, Varsity and Rat Judo, Cadet Staff— News Editor, 
Bomb Staff, Baptist Student Union, Bloodmobile Chair- 
man, Young Republicans, Hop and Floor Committee 
— Publicity Mgr., Ring Figure IVIagazine — Layout Edi- 
tor, Cadet Union Committee, Fire Fighters, AFC — 
Activities Chairman, Glee Club. 

Jim came to VMI from the bustling Mecca of Roan- 
oke with his smile, sunny personality, and a tre- 
mendous desire to make good. From the first, Jim took 
on responsibility and an extraordinary load of extra- 
curricular activities which made him one of the busiest 
men in barracks. Although the Hop and Floor, Blood- 
mobile, the Student Union Committee for New Cadets, 
and the always thankless job of Regimental Sergeant 
Major have made strict demands on his time, he has 
become the most dedicated commuter in barracks, 
almost exclusively to Fredericksburg to see a certain 
young lady. While his interests are varied, his heart 
has never strayed despite all the temptations of our 
exciting existence. Wherever life takes him, we are 
sure that his sense of humor, his desire to make good, 
and Linda will keep his direction true, and the Brother 
Rats of '69 join in wishing Jim a heartfelt good luck. 

Ward Loveless Carr 

"Big Charlie" 

English, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity Football, 
Rat Wrestling, Ghetto, Rams Club, M.S. Appreciation 
Club, I.G.B.A. 

Out of Waterford, Virginia, came this prospect, a 
high draft choice of the Keydet's Gridiron brain trust. 
Ward has shown his build-up was not unwarranted in 
his performances on the football field and in the 
classroom. His ready enthusiasm, and at times over- 
enthusiasm, has made him a highly vocal representa- 
tive of the Ghetto on many issues. His exploits in 
such exotic places as Amherst, Roanoke, and Staunton 
have helped to destroy the myth that cadets are all 
military and uninterested in the finer things of life. 
Ward's diligent work as a prominent member of the 
English Department has earned him Dean's List ratings 
for the past two years. Grad school possibly awaits 
the "wild man," and after four years of being chained 
up in Lexington, his dynamic personality will be able 
to assert itself upon the unsuspecting world. Good 
luck, Ward ... or World? 

Charles Thomas Catlett 

History, Armor, Pvt., Varsity Baseball, Rat Football, 
Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Monogram Club, Tide- 
water Club, Ghetto Club, I.G.B.A., Hot Dogs. 

Big Tom came to the Institute in 1965 from God's 
country. Tidewater. Big Tom fit in well here if for only 
one reason, his ability to make and maintain friends. 
He's always willing to sit down and talk. No matter 
what the topic, it always seemed to swing around to 
girls. Indeed, this subject seems to have been Tom's 
biggest problem, although his warmest pleasure, dur- 
ing his term. 

The Dog is definitely a party man. No one that has 
witnessed his participation at the Pine Room parties 
or at Zollman's will ever remember him for not being 
the calmest man there. 

When graduation separates us, as it invariably must, 
we're all going to miss Tom's big smile, his hearty 
laugh, and his big baseball cap. Undoubtedly, Tom is 
one of the "grandest" of the brother rats of 1969. 

Ht' " ''ll 

Roanoke, Virginia 

Waterford, Virginia 

Hampton, Virginia 


Wichita Falls, Texas 

Arlington, Virginia 



Culpeper, Virginia 

Louis Coe Caudell, Jr. 


English, Armor, Pvt., Who's Nobody Club, Marshall 
Library Assistant, Texas Club— Secretary-Treasurer. 

When Lou arrived at VMI, he thought a stay in the 
mountains might be almost enjoyable. His mind was 
quickly changed by an upper classman with shiney 
shoes, belt and head. Since then, graduating and re- 
turning to Texas have been high on his list of "things 
to do." Lou tried Virginia women for a few years but 
like a true Texan, again turned to his native state. 
Having Tommie 1500 miles away has been a disad- 
vantage, to say the least, but not an insurmountable 
one, (what better way to use four first class days and 
a weekend). Lou was a "Hell Raiser" his third and 
second class years, but after becoming engaged he 
quickly settled into domestic quietude. Although like 
a true LA he gives the impression of never studying, 
Lou always pulls through in the end. We will be sorry 
to see him go back to Texas, but wish him and Tommie 
the very best of luck. 

Clarence Newton Chamberlain, III 


Economics, Armor, Pvt., Rat Wrestling, ASCE, Northern 
Virginia Club, Young Republicans, Ski Club, Colorado 
Club, Who's Nobody Club. 

"Wilt," as he is better known to his Brother Rats, 
came to VMI with bright eyes, and an eger mind, look- 
ing forward to a military life and a civil engineering 
degree. This attitude stayed with him well into his 
third class year when a great change took place. Gone 
were his dreams of West Point and illustrious engi- 
neering achievements. Becoming an economics major. 
Wilt finally settled down to serious studying and be- 
came a cultivated private. This was also the year of 
the birth of his greatest love — skiing — with several 
trips to the Homestead and one to Colorado to see 
what real skiing was. 

Now, as he is heading down the final stretch after 
four years and three summers of academics, he is 
looking forward to putting to use the vast knowledge 
and potential he has built since first coming through 
the arch. Whatever the future may hold, we are sure 
that Wilt will meet the challenge. 

James Harry Chapman, III 

"Weasel" "Jimmy" 

Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Rat Golf, VAS, Cheerleader, 
Hawk's Hustlers, I.G.B.A. 

In September of 1965, one of the most notorious 
lovers in the state entered VMI. That first year was 
full of challenges and hardships, but the Weasel gained 
stature in the hearts of his Brother Rats. Throughout 
his cadetship, he has always been willing to help any 
member of the Corps. This trait has brought everyone 
close to his exuberant self, especially a lovely maiden 
from Longwood. By chance, "Sweet Martha" has com- 
pletely stifled his road trips to Radford, Staunton, and 
all points west v;hich are stocked with members of the 
opposite sex. His school spirit has been neither equaled 
nor surpassed by any of his contemporaries. His quick 
and friendly grin brought him through his third class 
year with flying colors. As he entered his second 
class year, we all knew that he would become a suc- 
cess. As we complete our eventful four years at the 
Institute, everyone in the class will recognize him as 
one of their closest brother rats. I am certain that 
Jimmy's endeavors will be fulfilled and we all wish 
him the best of luck. 

Warren Melbourne Childress 

Electrical Engineering, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Mili- 
tary Student, IEEE, Political Science Society, Wesley 

Warran is another of the big city boys at the In- 
stitute—from Bedford, Va. Home never looked better 
before his Rat year, though, since Warren was fre- 
quently on Saturday company permits. 

Most of us know Warren by his rather unimposing 
manner. He has slipped through VMI with a minimum 
of disturbance — no special reports, no confinement, 
and good grades in electrical engineermg. 

A good sense of humor is a prerequisite for a cadet 
and Warren has one of the best. On occasion he is 
also possessed of extremely cryptic behavior which 
defies discernment. Thus many lines of his bull have 
fallen on credulous ears. 

Assured of a good job with his EE background and 
never one to sweat the girls, Warren will become a 
solid, successful citizen and look on his Keydet days 
as "no big thmg." 

Nathan Handy Christian 


Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Soul Kings. 

Rack and procrastination — these words describe the 
life of one of the future sawbones of Virginia. Hailing 
from the Hill City, Nat came to VMI and has managed 
to sleep more than any other cadet and always hand 
assignments in late. As a tweet in Band Co., he has 
kept his rifle oily and his hair long. Believing that 
practice makes perfect, he has twice taken his turn 
at organic. As a charter member of Club 168, his love 
life has fluctuated, but still he claims that he will not 
undergo the drudgery of being a husband — yet. Nat 
developed a good First Class private attitude and as 
one officer put it, "A grubby private makes a grubby 
Second Lieutenant." His plans are not laid beyond his 
tour as a pilot, but for his sake, let us hope there 
will always be a rack available. 

Lynchburg, Virginia 

Handle Dennis Clark 
"Big Dog" 

English, Artillery, Pvt., Basketball— Captain, Rat Bas- 
ketball, Rat Cross Country, Timmins Music Society, 
Glee Club, Lexington Baptist Church— Music Director, 
Monogram Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Red 
Blood Donor. 

"Big Dog" rolled into VMI determined to excell, 
and has done so, in spite of the military atmosphere 
and Rex. Smiling through it all, though it was some- 
times obscured by that long, healthy head of hair, 
he devoted his energy to food, basketball, food, classi- 
cal Greece, and food. Even though he is religion- 
oriented, his other assets have overcome this. His 
friendliness often found him visiting throughout the 
post, even when he was on confinement, with the re- 
sult that he was soon enjoying the personal attention 
of the Commandant's Office. 

The Dog lost his friendly attitude on the basketball 
court as West Virginia and Bushkar will attest. Our 
Indiana boy discovered that Lexington had more to 
offer than Queens College and the future looks bright 
for him and Anita. Barracks will miss his booming 
soprano and ever-present can of hair spray — the per- 
sonal flair wriich marked his cadetship. 


Highland, Indiana 


Roanoke, Virginia 

Robert Dale Clingenpeel, Jr. 

"dinger" "Mad Bomber" 

Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity Swimming Manager, 
Rat Swimming Coacti, Rat Swimming, Rmg Figure 
Magazine, SPB, Scouters Club, Mad Bombers, Mono- 
gram Club, Club 138, Spirit Committee, Ghetto. 

"dinger" came to VMI with hopes of majoring in 
History but the "Star City sensation" soon switched 
to Biology because he needed the challenge. This 
switch proved a great stimulus as he rose to great 
heights by becoming a founder of the "Mad Bombers' 
Association." However in his second class year, with 
divine guidance from "The Man" he decided to forego 
his bombing for two months. It was during this pe- 
riod of forced retirement that Bobby began to con- 
centrate en academics and a steady rise in his grades 
resulted. In his first class year Bcb became a mem- 
ber of the Letcher Avenue Surfing Association and 
could often be seen catching the big one; in front of 

Now dinger has only one goal to attain at VMI: 
a diploma. No matter what the future may bring after 
graduation, with his determination and personality he 
will be sure to succeed. 

Brant Stewart Collins 

"Polack" "Brant" 

History, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Wrestling, Rat 
Baseball, Wesley Foundation, Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes, Tube Watching Team, Ghetto, P.E. Depart- 
ment Assistant Instructor, Monogram Club, Soccer, 
Spirit Committee, I.G.B.A. 

Polack, Mobutu, Mr. NY Ranger, Chel, Sidney 
Poitier: this is the man with a thousand names. He 
comes from the "New Choizyshoah" on the "Adlann- 
dick" Ocean. 

Playing soccer, wrestling, avidly rooting for the NY 
Giants, Jets, Rangers, or Knicks, are the many things 
Brant has done. Even though he has the LA's devo- 
tion to his hay rack, he has maintained an average 
just below the Dean's List. 

Brant manages to take enough time away from the 
"Tube" and hayrack to entertain several misses from 
the neighboring girls' schools. His participation in the 
rituals of the Pine Room and Zollman's have made 
Bacchus smile many a time. 

Proud of his Ghetto heritage at VMI, the Polack has 
kept a perfect military record for four years; he is a 
professional private. 

Wherever Brant may go after leaving here (it won't 
be so far that he can't see the Rangers play), he has 
the best wishes of the class. 

Michael Carl Colozzi 

"Michael" "General" 

History, Infantry, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Bomb Staff— Managing Editor, The 1969 Bullet— Co- 
Editor, Handbook for Entering Cadets — Co-Editor, 
Wesley Foundation, Newman Club, IRC, Political Sci- 
ence Society, Fire Fighters, YRC, Northern Virginia 
Club, 1969 Invitations Committee — Chairman, Cadet 
Union Manager, Class of 1969 Research Committee, 
Cadet Union — Member-at-large. AFC, Who's Nobody 
Club, Vestal Virgins. 

Harbored for four years in a system marred by 
trivia, meaningless symbols, and scheduled chaos, he 
stood among 1200 nobles and among friends. We may 
soon forget helicopters on the parade ground, Dex. all 
night vigils, summer camp, parties, and p:ems, but 
it is unlikely that cur minds will erase the image 
of the individual that he was. Our memories will call 
fcrth a person, creative, turbulent, and vital, and one 
who existed to understand and stand abov». He was 
sincere in his efforts, but unsatisfied with himself 
in success. Few have been asised to prove so much 
to so many, and did. And this is only the beginning. 

Grant him Paula, a guitar, an Irish Setter, and a 
lonely beach. He has been a Brother Rat we will 
long remember and forever respect. 


Media, Pennsylvania 

Weldon David Couch 


Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguislied IVlilitary Student, 
Dean's List, Cadet Staff, VAS, RDC, Rangers— Com- 
mander, Class Finance Committee, Texas Club— Presi- 

Out of Fort Worth this Texan came hell bent to VMI, 
determined to carve out his niche at the Institute. Un- 
like many of us, Dave decided not to specialize in one 
area, but, rather, he decided to conquer all aspects of 
the system. Disregarding stripes as but a mere ap- 
purtenance of success, he has left his mark upon the 
rat line, his pet project, the Ranger program, and 
most of all, upon every classmate whom he has helped. 
Despite an irrepressible sense of humor, he has also 
managed to remain serious long enough to accumulate 
Dean's List honors. Next year will find him at med 
school, learning to be what he desires most. In the 
future, we see a cute little blond from Texas Tech and 
many years of good fortune for Doctor Couch. 

Craig Joseph Cresto 

English, Air Force, Pvt, AFC, YRC, Who's Nobody Club. 

When Craig arrived at VMI on 9 September 1965, he 
had never laid eyes on "The Place." He knew next to 
nothing about the "system." but soon found out that 
shiny buttons and neat uniforms weren't everything. 
As a Rat, one doesn't want to run afoul of the RDC, 
but Craig accomplished this with a lot of flair; and six 
RDC meetings later, he "graduated" from the Rat Line. 

Craig has learned much from VMI, some good and 
some bad, but always interesting. His study hall was 
the PX, and his major was playing bridge, but he still 
managed, after two summer schools, to graduate. 

After graduation, he plans to go the way of all 
good little "Zoomies" and take to the sky as a navi- 
gator. Let's all hope and pray he doesn't get lost (he 
isn't too good with figures). As he bids farewell to 
VMI as a cadet, he will always remember what a 
great bunch of guys make up the Class of '69. 

George Randolph Crocker, Jr. 


History, Armor, Pvt., Sgt., Supply Sgt., Varsity Base- 
ball, Rat Cross Country, Monogram Club, Ring Figure 
Committee, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Cadet Re- 
ceptionist, Fire Fighters, Political Science Society, 
Who's Nobody Club, Dean's List. 

A confirmed bachelor his first two years at the In- 
stitute, Randy returned to start his second class year 
and announced that he had given up playing the field. 
A certain beautiful young lady from "back home" had 
laid claim to him, and our brother rats will agree she 
couldn't have made a better choice. 

A broken hand caused him to give up another play- 
ing field that year, but he came back, better than ever, 
to give the baseball team his invaluable leadership. In 
a similar manner, he continued to work toward his 
goals with a sureness that will always guarantee him 
success, whether it be in the service, in graduate 
school, or in the courtroom. 

Easily distinguishable at a glance. Firebird revealed 
a totally unselfish, easy-going personality and was al- 
ways ready to share a good laugh or offer an assuring 

May his life be filled with the happiness he deserves. 

South Hill, Virginia 


Paul Anthony Curs 

"Buz" "Paul" 

History, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Capt.— Regimental S-3, 
Distinguished Aerospace Student, Rat Social Committee, 
Northern Virginia Club, IRC, AFC, FTX Executive Officer, 
Vice Commandant's Award (Summer Camp). 

The Big Black Buzzard of Northern Virginia has been 
the military man's ideal since the ninth of September 
back in sixty-five. Although he has fought many tough 
battles with the Ladies of the Valley and the English 
department, our boy Buz always had a kind word 
and a good disposition toward his brother rats. Even 
while posing as a serious-minded Regimental S-3, Paul 
managed to get just as relaxed as his "BR's" at the 
Pine Room. IVlajoring in history, Air Force eye charts, 
and womanhood. Mad Dog has provided Slim witti 
extra income this year but at no expense to his 
classmates. His easygoing manner and warm per- 
sonality assure Paul success in whatever he does. 

Richard Raymond Daub 


Biology, Armor, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Football, Rat 
Judo, Extended Furlough Club. 

Do ... do ... do ... Da .. . Daub is probably 
best described as one of those rare individuals who is 
allergic to both soap and water. Somewhere in his 
uncertain beginning, he heard the excerpt from the 
Christian burial service, proclaiming man's destiny to 
return to ashes and dust. Taking this literally (if 
somewhat prematurely), dirt-ball attempted— with 
amazing results — to assert himself as the champion- 
all-time grub. 

Richie advanced to become one of VMI's most 
glamorous practice standouts. With that certain air 
about him. Dodo came off the bench time and time 
. . . sometimo ... to carry in the key defensive 
play he had developed intD his specialty; calling 
for time-out. 

Sealing his doom, Richie decided to cast his lot with 
T.O. and Leo. He became a charter member of the 
Michigan Wrecking Crew and the Hell's Angels. His 
work in these two organizations could be termed only 
as brilliant. His courtships here ranged from an air- 
line stewardess, a Miss America, to a school teacher. 
In September of '68, Dodo gave RPI a break, only to 
find the Institute was his true refuge. 

With that immortal phrase, "lit yyou ca ca can't t 
take, shut up," Richie takes his last trip from VMI 
for the college football draft in St. Louis or Haight- 
Ashbury. Good luck, Dodo, and may success be yours. 

Arden Michael Dean 

Civil Engineering, Armor, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished 
Military Student, Rat Cross Country, Rat Indoor and 
Outdoor Track, ASCE, Lutheran Club, Fire Fighters, 
Downtown Athletic Club, Museum Guide and Weapons 
Research, Cub Scout Pack Leader, AFC. 

Upon entering the Institute, the Kraut met the en- 
tire regimental staff in a rest position after remodel- 
ing the S-l's shoes. In his complete ignorance, he 
grasped his two suitcases, three blankets, pillow, 
typewriter, and food box, and then went up four 
flights of steps to his plush quarters where he im- 
mediately flaked out. 

The highlight of Mike's rat year was affection- 
ately earning the reputation as a smoothie with the 
Southern girls of the local colleges. Since he doesn't 
dance, his brother rats can't figure out how he does it. 

The military and his academics have always been in 
conflict, as avidenced by his fluctuating rank as he 
went from private to corporal to private to sergeant 
to lieutenant. 

Wanting to enrich his mind and expand his outlook, 
he spent three wonderful summers studying interesting 
(?) courses of his choice. 

All of his roomies will long remember him, the win- 
dow, and the snow drifts as he trained for Korea in 
the dead of winter as well as his becoming a U.S. 
citizen his first class year. 

Maple Park, Illinois 


Michael Daniel Delaney 

"Double D" "Dog" "Mike" 

Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Military 

Student, Dean's List, Varsity and Rat Football, Varsity 

and Rat Judo, VAS, Cadet Biology Assistant, Newman 

Ttiougti Mike came to VMI from a long line of VMI 
grads, he has utterly refused to be poured from the 
mold such a family background might suggest — Mike 
has remained an individual. In silent rebellion, he has 
ignored those parts of the system that were inaccept- 
able to him; at the same time, he energetically pursued 
those things which have appealed to him. Mike has 
been a consistent Dean's List student. Not satisfied 
with an active mind, he has also been very active in 
athletics, often being found in the weight rooms. 
Many cadets, perhaps, have thought the "Dog" to be 
one of the cockiest men in Barracks, but this feeling 
stems from his being a dedicated man with a goal 
and the will to attain it. To those of us who know 
him well, he is the truest of friends. With his stan- 
dards and abilities, Mike is doubtlessly bound for a 
successful and rewarding career as a physician. 

Howard Barlow Delk 

"Bar" "Nelson Co." 

Economics, Infantry, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Football 
Manager, Nelson County Club— Vice President and 

Bar came to VMI as a result of a typical Selena Delk 
"Railroad Job." Nevertheless, he entered Jackson Arch 
somewhat optimistic. The horrible experience of the 
next four years removed all enthusiasm for VMI and 
the military life. The country boy has definitely not 
"found himself a home" at the Institute. 

The one enjoyable activity that Bar has had here 
was his work with the football team. He and his older 
brother have set an unprecedented record of ten con- 
secutive years of service to the team. As manager, Bar 
has earned his "Junior Stewardess" wings on 12 
straight plane trips. 

William Russell DeWitt 

Civil Engineering, Infantry, Cpl., Pvt., 1st Sgt., Dis- 
tmguished Military Student, Distinguished Academic 
Student, ASCE, Class Insurance Committee, James 
Preston Taylor Award. 

Sure, Civil Engineers have to work harder than any- 
one else! Wake up DeWitt and tell him if you want to 
hear a good laugh. Bill is a sleep major from Ann 
Arbor, Michigan, who has managed to get in enough 
hours between naps for a minor in Civil Engineering. 
The irony of it is that Rip Van DeWitt wears Academic 
Stars and ranks second in the C.E. Department. 

Bill has had a relatively uneventful cadetship (What 
can you do in your sleep?). His record is remarkably 
clean — he has managed to get all of his specials 
(5-10 5's and 10-6-30) transferred to innocent by- 
standers. Bill's record of academic and military suc- 
cess caught up with him after three years and he 
finally made it into the zoo — as B Co.'s First Sergeant. 

Words need not be wasted wishing Bill success in 
the Future. His ability to make friends easily, un- 
selfishness, and willingness to help others guarantees 
him a brig'i.t future. 


Alexandria, Virginia 


Lovingston, Virginia 

Ann Arbor, Michigan 


Richmond, Virginia 

Portsmouth, Virginia 

Rockville, Maryland 

Thomas Davis Deyerle, II 


Economics, Armor, Pvt., Rat Baseball, Dean's List, 
Pioneer Investment Club, Who's Nobody Club, Rich- 
mond Club. 

Coming to VMI under the guiding hand of his dad, 
Sugarbear didn't think he'd like it and once he got 
here, he knew he didn't. But Tom just isn't the type 
to get into any trouble, and has endured VMI with a 
smile. He's kept his grades up, his hair long, and a 
clothing bill uptown for four years. 

Nobody really knows why we call him Sugarbear. He 
just looks like one. Not being one to get his dander 
up, there are a few things that rouse him, like Eco 
grades, Playboys, and summer camp. 

Never a "kiss and tell" man, Tom always makes the 
scene with a good-looker. There are few stories told 
about the beach in which no one mentions the Sugar- 
bear. If he ever settles down with one girl, we'd like 
to see that girl. 

Tom's easy going manner marks him as a well bred 
gentleman and is certain to lead him to the success 
which he deserves. 

James Wayne Dixon 


History, Armor, Pvt., 1st Sgt.. Capf.— CO Charlie Co., 
Distinguished Military Student, Baptist Student Union, 
Hop and Eloor Committee, Tankers Platoon, Tidewater 
Club, Monogram Club, ROTC Superior Cadet Medal. 

Jimmy's original purpose in coming to VMI was to 
became a Marine Tanker. After one day of the rat 
line he decided that 4-E was the way to go. A slow 
evolution followed and now he is confident that RA 
Army is the only way. 

Besides working his way into the position of C 
Co. Commander, and ownership of a new Mustang. 
"D.D." has tried to work his way into the hearts of 
several girls. Mostly without success! The current 
project is at Greenbrier College. 

He leaves VMI happy and optimistic about the future. 

Frederick Michael Downey, II 


History, Infantry, CpL, Sgt., Lt.— Battalion S-4, Dis- 
tinguished Military Student, Rat Judo, Rangers, AFC— 
Vice President, Fire Fighters. 

F. M. Downey (commonly referred to as Field Mar- 
shal) came to VMI with one purpose in mind — to be- 
come an Army officer. Through a dedicated program 
of avoiding all females with marriage in mind, shun- 
ning as much academic work as possible, a dedication 
to the VMI Rangers, constant appreciation of his hay 
(the Great White Womb), and constantly reading great 
military minds such as Nick Carter, Fred has come to 
the point where his goal is within reach. 

As graduation draws near, VMI will lose a good man 
and the Army will gain one. Although he has been 
called an MS major at times, few people here have 
been as true to themselves as has Fred; he realized 
where his future lay, and then worked hard to achieve 

With that in mind, we wish the best to a BR who 
represents the best VMI and its system has to offer. 
Good luck, Fred, and give our regards to Saigon! 


John Collins DuBose 


Chemistry, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Dean's List, Distin- 
guished Academic Student, Varsity and Rat Fencing, 
Cadet Staff, ACS, Civil War Roundtable. 

John came to us from a high-ranking position at a 
small, southern military school. As one of the Georgia 
Boys, he displayed his favor for the south in all 

Joining the ranks of the chemistry majors, he was 
able to achieve a high academic standing and gain a 
spot on the Dean's List. Rat swimming was a problem, 
and the rat line had its hardships, but like most of 
his other brother rats, he overcame the obstacles. 

Although his hopes to be a military officer were 
ended in our third class year, he soon realized that 
there are other things in life more important to him. 
By other things in life, we mean graduate school and 
that certain someone named Becca. Since Christmas 
his second class year, he has never missed an oppor- 
tunity to see that certain girl back home. Best of luck. 
Brother Rat! 

Joseph Omar Ecsi 

"Teddy Bear" 

Biology, Armor, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Swimming, 
Monogram Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 
Ghetto Club, AFC, Northern Virginia Club. 

Soon after J.O. became acquainted with the rat 
swimming team, he acquired a nickname used previ- 
ously only by a little girl in Florida. And so, "Teddy 
Bear," the class of '69's greatest butterfly swimmer, 
became a part of VMl. 

Joe had to sacrifice many things to the Institute. 
Although a former Battalion Commander at Randolph 
Macon Academy, this cadet has lived at VMl a con- 
tented and confirmed private. His reply might be, "You 
can't win them all." With the same sentiments, Joe 
left the EE Department for the biology curriculum. 

The Institute has not, however, demanded the ulti- 
mate sacrifice. Candy, the cute little girl in Florida, is 
still calling him "Teddy Bear." 

John Norman Edenfield 

"Ears" "Big John" 

History, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Dean's List, Ring 
Figure Magazine, RDC — President, General Committee, 
Tidewater Club, Spirit of '69 Committee, Ghetto, 
I.G.B.A. Commissioner. 

Each of us will remember him for many different 
things . . . thirteen unanswered phone slips, late 
Saturday nights at the C.I., birthday parties, trips to 
Sem and U. of Maryland, stripes, peace beads, big 
ears, the RDC, and a deep voice. But John's cadetship 
has encompassed far more than the black and white 
of the system, and the superficiality of being in col- 
lege. We will never remember him for what he has 
done, but rather, for what he has been to us all. He 
was the little fella that could look you straight in the 
eye and tell you about the gravest or lightest incident 
imaginable. All five feet five could stand there amid 
any number of rankers and look ten feet tall. Most of 
all, however, John has been just a little more honest, 
a little more understanding, and a little more loyal 
than most of us could ever be. 

His future is no question. There will be but one 
end — success and a pretty girl. Watch out worid, "Bee 
John's" comin'l 

Virginia Beach, Virginia 

William Clifford Ellerman 

"Maz" "Bill" "Dwight" 

Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Cross 
Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, ASCE, Newman 
Club, EIHC, Cadet Battery— Section Chief, YRC, AFC, 

Maz, a promising distance runner and scholarship 
student, quickly found his niche in the system. Never 
one to let studying or shinning interrupt his sleeping and 
dating, he cultivated a four year rise to a power as a 
First Class private. Summers shared between books in 
Lexington and stalking game at "E&P" took some 
drudgery out of a four year grind. Maz, ranking mem- 
ber of the Cadet Battery and an accomplished jeep 
rider (who else had a Tac for his personal driver at 
FTX), made the wise decision of two years Army in- 
stead of four years Air Force. Furtively hiding long 
locks under a spectacularly dilapidated hat, he has 
avoided Slim's clippers almost as well as the Dean's 
List. Other activities of the last four years include 
summer nights at "Uncle Jack's," getting lost running 
cross-country, countless hours of playing round ball and 
most surprising of all, the latest addition to a long line 
of bless'd girls, " B B," who seems to have struck a 
special fancy in Bill's heart. It seems that this smil- 
ing C.E. is bound by destiny to enjoy whatever he 
does and everyone who accompanies him on the trip 
is bound to enjoy it with him. 

Michael Robin Engle 


Mathematics, Armor, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Cross Coun- 
try—Captain 1968, Varsity and Rat Indoor and Out- 
door Track, Cadet Staff— Sports Writer, Monogram 

From the very beginning, Eli was a real competitor, 
a go-getter, and a true sportsman. His rat year was 
devoted solely to cross-country and track. However, 
the highlight of his cadefship came his third class year 
when he led all members of the varsity PX team in 
total offense, capturing the "Triple Crown" in the 
process (PX, pool, and Tube time, that is). 

At the end of his first semester, third class year, 
Mike terminated his career as a hard-working Civil 
Engineer. Seeing the light, he switched over to the 
math department. Mike's military performance at the 
Institute can be summed up in one word — "outstand- 
ing" — as was exemplified by his stellar performance 
at summer camp. He became an ardent fan of that 
AFL quarterback "Babe" Parilli, formerly of the Boston 
Patriots. Through desire and a lot of hard work, Mike 
became captain of the 1968 cross country team. 

Dale Clinton Evans 

"Super Rat" 

Biology, Armor, Pvt., Cadet Staff, Glee Club, Who's 
Nobody Club, Chapel Choir. 

On September 9, 1965 Dale walked through Jackson 
Arch and became a rat. However, Dale was not the 
normal kind of rat. To Dale the rat line was not a 
horrifying experience. It was one big laugh. His lack- 
adaisical attitude soon acquired him the name "Super 
Rat." Super Rat's fame spread far and wide and before 
long he was making regular command performances for 
the boys on the fifth stoop. 

Super Rat soon found that the Glee Club afforded a 
very good means of getting away from the Institute for 
awhile. With the aid of the Glee Club, he spent many 
a good weekend at Madison, Hollins, Richmond. Wash- 
ington, and Tidewater. It was while on these trips that 
he ran into his most dangerous adversaries, the M 
girls. He managed to elude all of them except for the 
last one, Martha, and it looks like she has got him for 

Good luck Super Rat from your Brother Rats. 



Joseph Nathan Flanz 


History, Infantry. Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Distinguished Academic Student, Ring Figure Maga- 
zine, Religious Council, Rangers, Class Insurance Com- 
mittee, Fire Fighters, AFC, Tool Shed Crew, Who's No- 
body Club. 

By the end of our Rat year, the name Flanz had 
become synonymous with academic excellence. The fact 
that Joe is a History major tells little, for his interests 
range from psychology to calculus. With a mind scored 
pretissimo, and a spirit that regards any obstacle as a 
sufficient challenge, Joe could never be restricted to 
a single discipline. His VMI record shows a plethora 
of worlds conquered. 

It was not so in the beginning. This New Yorl( Jew 
entered VMI with the expressed desire of making the 
Army a career. The decision to renounce this was not 
sudden, it lingered in his membership in the Ranger 
program and in his high grades amid the cut throat 
competition of Infantry ROTC. 

Too often the "Number One" man in a college class 
is a social non-entity. The familiar vignettes of Joe 
helping a Brother Rat, amusingly quelching Anti- 
Semitism or escorting a new blind date, all belie the 
application of this term to Joe. 

Harold Conrad Fleischer, III 


Electrical Engineering, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., 1st Sgt., 
Distinguished Military Student, IEEE, Newman Club, 
Rangers, YRC, Fire Fighters, AFC. 

Harold, known to all as "the Flash," has undoubt- 
edly won the love of the entire Corps. Both as a rank- 
er and as a private, "Flash" maintained his respect 
for regulations and himself as the epitome of military 
appearance. Many have literally attacked his stand on 
discipline because he showed more military zeal than 
most other cadets. Those who lived with "Flash" 
learned to swim under combat conditions, and those 
who shared his shocking lab experiences have had a 
cadetship unique in every respect — tor all must agree 
that there is one and only one "Flash." 

Kenneth Richard Fleming 


English, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity Canoeing. Rat Baseball, 
Bomb Staff, Timmins Society, VASG Coordinator, Red 
Blood Donor, Fyfe Fan Club. 

"Fu" brought his good looks, a Christiansburg, Va. 
heritage, an amiable and obliging personality, a quick 
wit and highly "technical" mind, a "near perfect" 
physique and a year round-tan to the Mustard Factory 
of Lexington, Virginia — the Sunshine School of the 
South. Almost immediately, he began to cultivate these 
qualities in his pursuit to attain that legendary 
"Veemie Well-Rounded Man." 

. . . And then came Staph, and the summer of '67 
waned unlocking doors to new and promising horizons. 
The AMA (American Mathematics Association) proudly 
presented our four year veteran in math his Masters 
in Arithmetic; and, because of his inspiring determina- 
tion, his roomies gladly announced this fall that the 
Professional Swimmer's Association had awarded him 
the Supar Fish Medal of Honor, He will be remembered 
as the owner and protector of the "invulnerable pipe 
rack." for his all too frequent and untimely "Tom 
Swiftnie" and as the man most instrumental in the 
foundation and organization of the Cosy Corner (South- 
east Tower). 

Spring Valley, New York 

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Pittsfield, IVIassachusetts 

Robert Lloyd Flint 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Bn. Ops. Sgt., Dean's 
List, Cadet Staff, ASCE, Fire Fighters, Who's Nobody 

When Bob breezed through the arch in September 
'65, expecting God only-knows what, he encountered 
the Rat Line, For such a nice, easy-going guy and 
such a ridiculously unfriendly system, this was a tu- 
multuous meeting. As Hugh Adam's dyke. Bob was 
not expected to be one of the Battalion Commanders. 
But in his first class year, what do we find? An aca- 
demically secure Bob Flint hard-charging number on 
the Battalion Staff! 

It is, however, safe to say that all the power and 
the glory did not change Bob. It would be a difficult 
task to find anybody in the Corps who doesn't like 
him. His easy-going personality, ready smile and good 
nature make him one of the nicest guys in barracks. 
He manages to find happiness (Happiness?) in N.E.B., 
impossible as that may seem. After he graduates, we 
can expect Bob to be building the biggest bridge in 
the world and enjoying every minute of it. 

Good luck. 

Robert Bernard Flowers 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Sgt., Lt.-Battalion S-1, 
Distinguished Military Student, Dean's List, Soccer 
Co-Captain, Varsity Judo, Rat Wrestling, Rat Foot- 
ball, ASCE Civil Shaft, Newman Club-Treasurer, Honor 
Court, AFC, Class '69 Finance Committee. 

Bob Flowers has managed to become totally involved 
at VMI. In addition to being a Dean's List student 
and a member of the Honor Court, "Alice" has been 
active in the class, athletics, and the Corps. He 
was a member of the class finance committee and 
co-captain of the Soccer Team, holding the team lead 
in getting away with fouls. His rise in the Corps 
was phenomenal, 8th ranking sergeant in a company 
with only seven sergeants to S-1 on a battalion staff. 
They're still talking about his hair. Giving him sup- 
port during his dark years here was Lynda, With this 
combo — how can he lose? Best of luck, "Buddha." 

Gerald John Fresia 

Electrical Engineering, Air Force, Cpl. Sgt., Lt., Dean's 
List, Who's Who, Baseball, Wrestling, Rat Baseball, 
Rat Gymnastics, IEEE, Sigma Pi Sigma. Newman 
Club, Glee Club, IRC, YAF. Timmins Music Society, 
Political Science Society, Spirit Committee. 

Jerry first entered Jackson Arch on September 9, 
1965 determined to conquer V.M.I. In his own way 
he has succeeded in doing this. In his academic 
work he has excelled to great heights. He maintained 
a 3.0 average throughout his entire cadetship. 

Jerry is not only an academic wizard, but he is 
also a fine athlete. He acquired the nickname of 
"fireball" through his teammates on the varsity 
baseball team. Anyone who has ever seen him throw 
a baseball can verify why this nickname is a valid one. 

Excelling in just about everything, has made Jerry 
one of VMI's top students and I'm sure success will 
follow him throughout his life. The brother rats of 
1969 wish Jerry all the success in the world. 


Joseph Marshall Frey 


German, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Rat Swimming, Cadet 
Staff, Class Committee, Who's Nobody Club. 

How could such a sleepy boy come from the city? 
Jay came to VMI straight from a fine job of company 
commander of Band Company at Benedictine High 
School. Jay tried too many extra-curricular activities 
at VMI, but still made corporal his third class year 
(for awhile). Since then, he has been a confirmed 

The Air Force gave Jay his break into the ranks of 
the privates. It was something concerning "failure to 
comply." His second class year his long, enduring 
friendship with a certain Lt. came to its zenith. 
During this period he received his first haircut and 
10-1-20, but not necessarily in that order. 10-6-25 
later (after spring furlough), Jay got off confinement. 
Far from being broken in spirit, he continued in his 
set ways. He merely became a little sneakier. 

Predictions; some day Jay will find a girl with whom 
he can't find anything wrong. The next day the world 
will end. Jay will always be remembered as a "Brother 
Rat" in the true sense of the word, and also as a 

Arthur Lee Galloway, Jr. 


Modern Languages, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat 
Swimming, DGSA, Ring Figure Magazine, Downtown 
Athletic Club, DMS. 

Although you won't see Lee's name on the honor 
roll, the make over sheet, or for that matter on any 
other sheet but the daily bone sheet, Lee has accom- 
plished much at VMI. Most of us came here undecided, 
unsure and scared, not so with Lee. A Rat in name 
only, he soon saw through the facade of the system 
and realized that only Lee Galloway could make him- 
self a success. Grades, rank, and social position did 
not interest him and he looked for something more 
important, a search for a basic truth through experi- 
ence, meeting people, touching the world, and endless 
exploration. His caustic tongue has not endeared him 
to his enemies and seldom to his friends, but his 
forthrightness has never been doubted. Never will he 
allow something he disagrees with go unchallenged. If 
success is to be judged in terms of the outside world, 
Lee will fall dismally short, but that doesn't faze Lee 
in the least for when has Lee ever cared what others 
have thought of him? 

Philip Graham Gardner 


English, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Distinguished Academic Student, Who's Who, Rat Swim- 
ming, Hop Committee — Business Manager, Ring Com- 
mittee—Chairman, 10-6-30 Club, Cadet Waiter, Sound- 
ing Brass, Rat Tutoring Services. 

Out of the depths of that quagmire of South Central 
Virginia, otherwise known as Martinsville, Phil "Grease" 
Gardner rose to follow in "Gentle Ben's" footsteps at 
the Institute. Phil graced the Institute when he drew 
from his treasury of Old English in attempting to 
describe the nature of the Hokies. Plagued by a 
receding hairline, Phil was more than happy to suck 
up a hairy 10-6-30 his second class year just a day 
before Ring Figure. Phil was finally able to find 
himself at Summer Camp: he was named Outstand- 
ing Cadet in Company "G" and was given an RA. 

Phil finally fell to a hometown girl and began to 
settle down. "Godner" got on the move his second 
class year and earned the stars he had so striven for. 
The move is still on and Phil is bound to get what he 
wants, for he has the capacity to excel in the field 
he plans to pursue. Best of luck to another grub 
private and Brother Rat. 

Chester, Virginia 


Williamsburg, Virginia 

Martinsville, Virginia 



Anthony Bruce Gentile 


Economics, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Rat and Varsity 
Baseball, Rat and Varsity Football, YRC, Monogram 
Club, Ghetto, Cadet Waiter, Italian Club. 

From the weight rooms of Clifton Heights to the 
weight rooms and the shores of LA Beach of VMI, 
Tony has come to possess one of the finest "bods'' 
at VMI! We are sure Tony Gentile (Gen til'ee), from 
South Phillie, will aspire to great heights in life; 
about 10,000 feet worth would make Tony really 
happy, since he plans on flying. 

Many people will remember number 23 going in to 
return punts for three years for VMI, and hustling on 
and off the field (and also at Zollman's and Pine 
Room Parties with Harry). 

One can see Tony on May 18, driving off in his new 
"Vette," which he has been looking forward to. 

To a great guy like Tony, one can only wish the 
best of luck in life and a lot of Pizza pie. Incidentally, 
VMI hasn't seen the last of the Gentile clan. Watch for 
a character named Mark in about five more years. 

James Daniel Gibson 


Biology, Armor, Pvt., Glee Club, Who's Nobody Club, 
Tidewater Club, Chapel Choir. 

"What have I done to myself?" This was the lament 
heard for four years as Dan suffered through the ex- 
perience of a "college" career at the Institute with the 
rest of his Brother Rats. On 9 September 1965, as 
the Swamp Rat took his first step into the abyss of the 
VMI, he began what was to be a four-year residence 
in the Valley of Virginia. Even Dan liked it so much 
that he spent his summers in the "healthful and 
pleasant abode." It was during these "vacations" 
that he made his presence felt in the female popu- 
altion across the mountain in Lynchburg. A member 
of the Blester Brigade, he spent many an eventful 
weekend in Richmond, DC, Hollins, Madison, and 
the other hot spots in the state. 

All his Brother Rats wish Dan the best in all fields 
of endeavor. It will be with a touch of sorrow and with 
much happiness that he strides through the arch as a 
cadet for the last time. 

Osceola Plnckney Gilbert, III 


Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cadet Staff, Hop and Floor 
Committee, Intramural Council, AFC, YRC, '69 Spirit 

It's now after military duty and Pete is certified to 
be in his beloved hay. The "rack monster" has never 
let him go since he left the metropolis of North 
Georgia, Clayton, to enter VMI. Now we have just had 
CCQ and it's off to his nightly hang-out — the phone 
booth. Who will it be tonight: the girl in South Carolina 
or the one in Georgia? It's Pete who is keeping Bell 
Telephone in business (or is it his girl in South Caro- 
lina with her $300.00 phone bills?) Now that Pete 
has talked half the night, he will have to study, as 
usual, until three in the morning. 

The weekend has finally come and Pete now has 
other things to be bothered with (such as the great 
buy— his MG). This is the car that performed so well 
on the Corps trip and needed only a few repairs. 
Can anyone loan Pete $200.00? 

All of this is the world of Pete Gilbert, one of the 
best liked and most easy-going Brother Rats among 
us. Good luck to our Brother Rat from Georgia. 

Clayton, Georgia 

Michael Anthony Giles 

"Mike" "General" 

English, Infantry, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Distinguished Academic Student, Varsity and Rat Foot- 
ball, Rat Basketball, English Society, Pioneer Invest- 
ment Club, Rangers, RDC Representative, Research 
Committee — Secretary. 

To one who has savored the delight of the history, 
economic, and English curricula, the choice of a major 
was not easy. For Mike, though, the choice had its 
rewards, if it be counted a reward to work every night 
after taps on an English Honor paper. 

Mike's cadetship has been a continuous striving for 
perfection: of body, of mind, and of spirit. Anything 
less than total effort is not good enough for a man 
who strives with equal ambition to win Ranger stakes, 
understand Nietzche, and fulfill his solemn religious 
avocation as the Reverend Billy Giles. 

The cadet of the sheepish smile, the enigmatic an- 
swers, the daily physical fitness ritual, the index card 
reminder system, the ubiquitous pipe and voracious 
appetite for study — all paradoxical characteristics of 
perhaps the most complex personality of the class of 

John Patrick Godfrey 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity Wrestling Man- 
ager, ASCE, Baptist Student Union, AFC, Monogram 
Club, Who's Nobody Club, Varsity P.X. Team, Cadet 

John came to VMI only to find that college life, like 
Santa Claus, isn't what it's made up to be. His keen 
mind was ready for new thoughts and ideas; in short, 
an education. As a frustrated LA, John found being a 
CE nice but no real challenge except maybe to an- 
chor. He resorted to outside reading of every form to 
become one of our most informed B.R.'s. His energies 
finally found a worthy outlet during his second class 
year when he decided to manage the Wrestling Team. 
But, alas, his great potential was still untapped. For 
awhile, he looked like he might become one of the 
Animals' leading challengers in the pool room. How- 
ever, this required effort which he channelled nobly 
into another area — the PX. His Junior Year he received 
honorable mention as a member of the PX Club. Pres- 
ently, he is serving as an Executive Vice-President of 
the Club and is expected to step in and fill (overfill) 
with ease the shoes of that all time President Emeritus 
of the PX Club, Cyrus Kerr Kump. When he finally 
leaves these hallowed halls of ivy (and mildew) and 
his beloved PX, it is hoped that John will be able to 
find an equally challenging outlet and succeed. 

Robert Bruce Gregory 

"Cousin Brucie" 

Economics, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity Baseball, Pioneer In- 
vestment Club, Spirit Committee, Richmond Club. 

Leaving those "good things" behind, Bruce entered 
the environment for which he has always been des- 
tined. Through the years, he has learned to tolerate 
the VMI way of life like the rest of us. 

At the end of Bruce's rat year, he realized the En- 
glish curriculum was not his "type," so he became a 
high ranking member of the Economics Romper Room 
with all of the prerequisite summer school require- 

All who know Bruce well, deeply admire his per- 
sonal fortitude, for during his third class year he faced 
one of the most demoralizing factors we all must face 
in that task of "growing up." 

"Spirit" has been the key to Bruce's sincere desire 
to support athletics at VMI, and it definitely lends to 
his success as a true friend to all those who have 
had the pleasure to know him. 

As we look into the future, we see wider horizons 
for Bruce after leaving VMI. We feel that his en- 
deavors and accomplishments will be an assurance of 
happiness. We know he will get it. 

Danville, Virginia 


Sandston, Virginia 


Columbus, Indiana 

Clark, New Jersey 

Mark Lloyd Griffin 

"The Bear" 
Economics. Armor, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Military 
Student, Rat and Varsity Swimming — Captain, Gen- 
eral Committee — Secretary. VIVIIVA — President, Student 
Union — Chairman Social Committee, Research Commit- 
tee, Aquatics Club, 1969 Automobile Committee, Mono- 
gram Club. 

Gruff's cadetship has been a well-rounded one and 
through his 4 years, he has built many lasting friend- 
ships. The Bear is a man of many moods, and who 
can forget those dull, gray mornmgs. when they were 
greeted with a warm, friendly MMURPHF!! Gruff has 
made a point of preventing his cadetship from becom- 
ing dull. For example — Ring Figure, when all the pas- 
sengers of Gruff's car were asleep, and Gruff joined 
them and in the process goosed a turkey truck with 
a new car rented from Hertz. His extraneous extra- 
curricular activities include the 255 Mad Screamer and 
founder and president of the notorious V.A.'s. As Mark 
departs VMI we wish him the best of luck, although 
his success in life is already assured. The upcoming 
year will only see one failure, as Mark loses the great 
Room Wager. 

Robert Allan Habasevich 

History. Armor. Pvt,. Sgt., Lt.. Distinguished Military 
Student, Who's Who, Rat and Varsity Football, Rat 
and Varsity Track, Bomb Staff, Newman Club, Mono- 
gram Club, Class Research Committee. 

Where's Habby? Did you look on the football field? 
How about the track? Goshen? Don't know then. 

This was the story of Bob's four year stay at the 
Institute. He was on the football field four months 
out of the year and the track an equal amount of the 
time — excelling in both. When he wasn't setting rec- 
ords, Hab could be found in Goshen with whichever 
girl happened to be snowed over him at the time. 

Habby's effervescent personality has won him many 
friends during his cadetship. His door was always open 
to friends and strangers if they had a problem or just 
wanted to shoot the bull. 

Bob distinguished himself in various fields — com- 
pany XO, Southern Conference first team football. 
Southern Conference Track Champion, Who's Who and 
many more. 

Best of luck to a tremendous Brother Rat who has 
a fantastic future ahead of him. 

David Brooke Hagan 


History, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Dean's List, Cadet 
Staff, Indoor Track, Rat Cross Country, Newman Club, 
IRC. Glee Club. 

As I walked into the room I could hear Simon and 
Garfunkle on the record player singing "Cloudy" . . . 
and noticing only the mirror light on. I turned to leave, 
but tripped over a roller skate, fell upon a deflated 
medicine ball, and rolled over on a tire iron stuck 
through a Yashika, I saw him. There in a corner in a 
fetal position amid rubble allowed to accumulate over 
four years time, he lay wrapped in a blanket by the 
radiator. No doubt he was creating something or re- 
covering from an all night battle with books and coke 
cans. I thought to leave him a note, and risked the 
crawl to his desk. I opened a drawer in search of some 
paper. Sure. I found old letters from Radford, a Char- 
lie Brown card, a set of chevrons, applications into 
PLC's, Navy, and Foreign Legion, and a car registration. 
Wrong drawer. The other revealed 109 sheets of scrap 
paper covered with introspective observations expressed 
in philosophical half prose, a dean's list notice, and 
more applications — these to grad school. Try the desk 
top ... a sabre stuck into a fruit cake, a hub cap. 
and then I read his scribbling on a candy wrapper, 
"freedom is realization of self; it's knowing all about 
everything inside and writing poetry to the sun." He 
then awoke muttering. "What's going on here?" . . . 
I thought. Cloudy. Yes. But only for all the years the 
sky's been bearing down upon itself. 

f> >< ^. ',•-- < "f / -~- T. .. '^ 


Glenn Barry Hammond 

"Barney" "Voice" 

English, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Amateur Radio Club- 
President, English Society — Treasurer, AFC, Roanoke 
Road Runners, Who's Nobody Club. 

As a member of the Route 81 Roadrunners Club, 
Glenn made constant pilgrimages to that Mecca of 
Southwest Virginia and haven to overworked cadets- 
Roanoke. In spite of time in the air with the CAP, 
through the air with his Ghia, The Blue Max, Glenn 
managed to gain fame on the air as the mad punster 
of the FM Radio World with WLRJ. Despite the uniform, 
Glenn has maintained that he is only on loan to VMI, 
and has continued to yukit up even as a member of 
that "dry" department of English. Perhaps after his 
time in the Air Force with Armed Forces Radio, the 
Roanoke Valley will hear again that mood music spe- 
cialty and suave voice saying, "This is WLRJ, FM, your 
passport to listening pleasure." 

Michael Ignatius Hanna, Jr. 

"Mike" "A-Rab" 

Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Student, 
Rat Fencing, VAC, Fire Fighters, Covington Club, New- 
man Club. 

From the polluted air of Covington, Va., came VMI's 
own Arab. Had he been looking for wine, women, and 
fancy clothes, he would have gone to Community Col- 
lege back home. However, Mike has found them all. 
Above all, he has found a true goal in life, medicine, 
in which all of us know he will make great contribu- 

Being so close to home, Mike took advantage of the 
company permit his Rat year and returned not with the 
overpowering smell of woodpulp, but alcohol. Not re- 
stricting his indulgence to these pleasant drinks, he 
snakes quite heavily ... or, better said, others snake 
him quite heavily. 

The real inspiration in "daggy's" life is his motor- 
cycle. He keeps going at VMI by the thought that 
riches will bring him a bike that is even bigger and 

There just couldn't be a better 'neck to come over 
the mountain to VMI. 

John Showalter Hardy 


Biology, Infantry, Pvt., YRC, AFC, Number 1 Club, 

Coming from a VMI family (take that for what its 
worth). Chalk found very quickly that he had much to 
learn about his new way of life. There were many trips 
to the RDC; the resulting confinement and PT's did 
much to build his character. 

Of course, he didn't realize this his third class year, 
and found the going no easier. Easter's 1967 will al- 
ways be remembered as a turning point in his life, 
thanks to the EC. This year found Chalk as one of the 
fortunate ones who left early for summer furlough. 

After an extended vacation. Chalk returned to the 
Institute and found himself on General Shell's Cham- 
pionship ball club alongside roommate T.O. 

His first class year was highlighted by moving into 
the Ghetto with Omar and Leodus. lone, also entered 
Chalk's life this year, and he succumbed to Cupid's 

We wish Dr. and Mrs. Chalkman good luck in the 
coming years, and who knows, may be the future will 
find another Chalk at VMI. 


Danville, Virginia 


Michael Vaughn Harper 

Mathematics, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., Capt.— CO Alpha 
Company, Distinguished Academic Student, Distin- 
guished Military Student, Who's Who, Rat Swimming, 
Cadet Staff — Feature Editor, Columnist, Managing Ed- 
itor, Rangers — Instructor, Armed Forces Club — Presi- 
dent, Sigma Pi Sigma — Treasurer. 

When Harper got here, he didn't really know what 
VMI was all about. He thought the rat line was a 
place you had to walk because you were a freshman — 
kind of like hell week. Well, when someone set him 
straight, they must have done a good job, because he's 
made quite a name for himself in all fields — academic, 
military and extracurricular. Among his other accom- 
plishments, he managed to room with two CE's and 
became a part of the fabulous 198 brain-trust (guaran- 
teed to solve any problem or run any show), and he 
did listen to his roommates long enough to allow him- 
self to be led into a few of the joys of Cadet life such 
as Pine Room parties and women. There lies a tale 
. . . but . . . 

Let it suffice to say good luck, Mike; we'll be read- 
ing about you in the newspapers someday — probably 
because you'll own them. 

Robert Webb Hatch 

"Hatchmo" 'The Ostritch" "Spiderman" 

History, Armor, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Basketball Man- 
ager, Rat Baseball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 
Ring Figure Committee — Co-Chairman, Floor Commit- 
tee, Political Science Society, Pioneer Investment Club, 
IRC, Richmond Club, Tidewater Club. 

Since "Hatchmo's" journey to the Institute in Sep- 
tember of '65, he has had three main objectives: 
to remain a private for four years, never to miss a Pine 
Room or Zollman's party, and to get a 2.0 average. 
During his four years, he has done a good job of ful- 
filling these goals. 

Webb's Rat year was a typical one — he got shot 
down and he flunked chemistry! After a bout with sum- 
mer school, he was ready for a good year as a third 
classman. He promptly found a new home at the Pine 
Room, and he was also dubbed with the nickname 
"The Ostritch" by the boys in 339. 

His second class year was highlighted by Ring 
Figure, long distance phone calls to Longwood, and the 
trip to Nassau. It was while he was at Nassau that 
Hatchmo had his "finest hour" when he and some of 
the boys went to The Conchshell!!!!!! 

Webb's first class year was preceded by an "out- 
standing" summer in Richmond at U. R. summer 
school. His first class year has been his best both 
academically (he finally got his 2.0) and socially. We 
are sure this is just a sign of better things to come 
and he'll be a success in whatever profession he ulti- 
mately decides to enter — coaching, law, or business. 
Best of luck to a true brother rat. 

Allen Ray Hawkins 


Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military 
Student, Dean's List, Varsity Basketball, Rat Basket- 
ball, Rat Baseball, ASCE, Pioneer Investment Club, 
Club 461. 

Hawk chose the VMI way over the chaste and serene 
life of U.Va. and undoubtedly has come to a pinnacle 
not only as a friend, but as a student. One of the few 
boys to date the same girl for four years, "Baby Ray" 
has managed to overcome trauma after trauma and 
successfully land the lucky girl in "Coo City." Hawk 
has always carried with him the distinction of being 
"Mr Soul," and it was a common sight to see him 
leading his apostles in the action at either the Pine 
Room or Zollman's. Hawk's finest hour came when he 
was recognized by Wilson Pickett as a "man with 
soul." Their duet of "A Land of a Thousand Dances" 
will long be remembered. Allen will enter the Corps of 
Engineers after graduation and then will aim at a 
bridge construction linking the United States and 
Europe. With his talent and personality, his success 
is a sure bet. 

Orange, Virginia 

Robert Alan Heely 


Civil Engineering, USMC, Cpl.. Sgt-, Capt— CO Cliariie 
Company, Who's Who, Rat Wrestling, Rat Baseball, 
ASCE— President, Glee Club— President, Tidewater 
Club, Ring Figure Committee. 

Bob is the only man to walk in the rain and never 
get wet. His phenomenal luck has been the trademark 
of his cadetship. Who else could be caught by KKD, 
boneri by the Eagle, and never sae his name come up 
on the bone sheet? 

But what else can be expected from a man who 
came to VMI knowing the "Spirit" and the inscription 
on the parapet. However, as much as Bob knows about 
the Institute, there are still a few things he doesn't— 
like how to walk PT's, sign the confinement sheet or 
find his name on the excess sheet. The only PT he 
ever received he cheered off at a rat football game. 

And who is the only Cadet Captain welcome in the 
Ghetto? Who inspects more haircuts than the Regi- 
mental Staff? 

His evening CQ sing-a-longs have been the nemesis 
of more than one OD. Let anyone, anywhere, just ask 
him the lyrics to a song, no matter how old, and he 
will readily supply them. 

Lewis Davenport Henderson, Jr. 


Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Regimental Opns. 
Sgt., Distinguished Military Student, Rangers, YRC, AFC, 
1969 Insurance Committee, Outstanding Ranger In- 
structor, Cross Country Gun and Hiking Club. 

"I'll be glad when this freshman orientation is over 
next week and we get out of the Rat Line." Seven 
months later "the nose" was still following the stoop 
rail to his dyke's room. The next year found our hero 
with all of the privileges of a third classman, includ- 
ing his first special report: "Operating a POV on the 
Post at Ft. Knox and running the block with two of 
Ft. Knox's finest WAC's." Next year it was "Wearing 
civilian clothes in Lexington."— signed: The Eagle. 
Each year Lew found a new girl, each one a little 
better than the last. A final academic push (his third 
consecutive summer school) has put the taste of grad- 
uation on his lips and an all-the-way R.A. future in 
his goal column. 

Thomas Edward Hickman 

"Bulldog" "Hick" "Buck" 

History, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Military 
Student, Lacrosse— Captain. Rat Swimming, Glee Club, 
Rangers, FTX Committee Head, Fire Fighters, Cadet 
Union Recreational Committee— Co-Chairman, Wesley 
Foundation, Bomb Staff— Assistant First-Class Editor. 

From just outside Pigtown in Southwest "Balamer," 
came this vicious historian to lead the local rabble in 
beating their M-l's into Lacrosse sticks. Soon his in- 
terest spread to other vistas— Johnny's, Doc's, the C.I., 
Radford, Madison. Hollins, victory after victory. Even 
the math department fell after two summers. Being 
one of that distinguished lot who chose girls above 
grades, late study became his secret to success. Al- 
though having a half private, half ranker attitude, the 
Commandant made Tom a lieutenant after busting him 
three times. Tom even holds a barracks record, run- 
ning from the DC. three times and never getting 
caught. A loyal brother rat since the day he walked 
through Jackson Arch, Hick shares a popularity with 
his classmates that few achieve in their four years at 
the Institute 

Pottstown, Pennsylvania 

Baltimore, Maryland 


Orange, Virginia 

Annandale, Virginia 

Samuel Page Higgrnbotham, II 

"Sammy" "Higgy" "Butham" 
History, Artillery, Pvt. 

Hailing from Orange County, Virginia (wherever that 
is) and being a true soldier of the South, Sammy came 
to the VMI to further indulge himself in the deep 
traditions of the Confederacy. Although disillusioned, 
Sammy has stucli it out for four years and has beeri 
a true Brother Rat in the real tradition and a charter 
member of club 168. Having to put up with a fluctuat- 
ing love life and a deep resentment of the U.S. Army, 
Sammy has nevertheless turned out to be a good and 
typical E Company private. Avoiding all authority and 
taking no head from anyone, he is destined to go a 
long way; but we don't linow where. However, we wish 
him all the luck in the world and hope he makes it. 

Michael Roy Hill 


Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Judo VAS 

IVIike came to VMI with a positive attitude. He 
worked harder than most cadets and stayed out of 
academic trouble as much as possible, while maintain- 
ing high military standards. He has overcome many 
cbstacles at VMI as a result of his ambition and dedi- 
cation. It is certain that he will conquer more chal- 
lenging goals in the future (medical school), as he 
develops himself into a practicing surgeon. IVIike is 
well liked and respected, as the men on the Judo team 
will tell you. He is rather quiet and lets his accom- 
plishments speak for him. Few cadets make it through 
VMI without complaining, and Mike is one of them 
We wish him the best of luck in medical school and 
with his other plans for the future. 

Richmond, Virginia 

Donald Haig HInshelwood, Jr. 

"Big D" "Don" 

Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity Indoor Track, Cadet 
Battery, Religious Council, Episcopal Chaplain's Com- 
mittee, Glee Club, Richmond Club, GAS. 

He sells typing paper to his roommates. He rents 
pencils by the hour. He charges interest on loans from 
a dime up— compounded daily. Who is he? No, he's 
not the P.X. Pirate. He makes a tri-annual pilgrimage 
to the Fourth Stoop selling "letters to home" and 
comes back $40 richer every time. He has written such 
classics as VMI for Fun and Profit, Why I Switched to 
Economics or I'd Rather be Rich than a Doctor, and 
the best selling They Called Me Hinshelstein. No, he's 
noi the famous economist Adam Smith. He's kind and 
considerate, he rarely angers, never stops smiling. He 
is the epitome of a good and true friend. Yes, you're 
right this time. He could only be the Big D. For the 
past three years I've been thankful that there was 
only one, for there's not enough money in my wallet 
nor appreciation in my heart for more. 


Raymond Roy Hitchcock 


Electrical Engineering, Infantry, CpL, Sgt., Capt.— 
Regimental S-4, Distinguished Military Student, IEEE, 
Rangers, AFC, Northern Virginia Club, PT's. 

Transition is an often slow, and sometimes painful 
process. Jim's transition from a "bucking" Rat to the 
Regimental Staff involved a three year climb, during 
which he has exhibited considerable devotion to VMI's 
military aspects. As he moved up in rank from corporal 
to sergeant, and from sergeant to captain, a point of 
view emerged which is often absent in the personality 
of the high-ranking cadet officer. Rather than ruth- 
lessly exercising his authority, Jim has tempered his 
power with understanding and humor, in a combination 
which often has produced the desired result with little 
pain for all concerned. This transition has also evinced 
and further developed Jim's personality. His naturally 
aloof attitude, quick wit, and necessary sternness have 
produced a pleasing synthesis and will serve as excel- 
lent credentials in his service career. 

Though the climb was long and painful, filled with 
skirmishes in the M.E. and History departments, per- 
haps there was no transition at all. Jim's qualities 
were there all along. The transition was in us dis- 
covering them. 

Robert Charles Hixon, Jr. 


Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Rat Wrestling. 
Rat Baseball, ASCE, Scuba Club, Aquatic Club,YRC, 
Soccer, Northern Virginia Club, Fire Fighters. 

"VMI . . . looks like Alcatraz, not a chance." 9 
Sept. 1965, "Here I am . . . Why?" March, a Rat no 
more, real freedom . . . heh hehl! September, A clean 
slate with 3V's and a Q. Midwinters brings a computer 
date. Wow! Academics become a struggle for survival. 
Finals — run the block, close, never again. Ring Figure 
looming closer, while money fades. A new sport . . . 
Soccer ... a star is born. Richmond brings a soggy 
disaster. Spring furlough depicts the good life . . . 
Lexington-Bristol-D.C.-Colorado for skiing ... all in 
thirty-one hours. Back to VMI and exams, but exams 
bring Finals. The start of summer brings new joy . . . 
until summer school starts. Still time for a dull party 
leading to an all-night drive to the beach to see the 

To a true friend, always ready and capable of taking 
on a new problem or adventure. We must say thanks 
and good luck! 

Jay Josef Hoenig 


Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Ac- 
ademic Student, Rat Baseball, ASCE Civil Shaft— Editor, 
Assistant Manager — Post Exchange, Rat Tutoring, Fire- 
fighters, Who's Nobody Club — Secretary-Treasurer, DMS. 

Smiling, laughing, talking, thinking, seriously work- 
ing, fun-loving; a boy, a man. This is Jay Hoenig, who 
can be found any weeknight in room 149 amidst graph 
paper, slide rule, and books. His door is always open, 
and he's always willing to assist his less astute fellov; 
CE's. But all men of business close up shop at regular 
intervals; our man is no exception. Dynamic and he- 
donistic, he has been known to conquer the hearts of 
many a fair lass. At the Pine Room, at Zollman's, at 
the Green Valley, anywhere fun-people congregate — he 
Is there, playing a leading role in the action. In this 
age of competition and uncertainty. Jay is already a 
success. He likes people, and they like him. Perhaps 
a dreamer, but not an idealist, he lives each minute 
of each day and advances upon the broad horizon with 
confidence. A loyal brother rat, a true '69 man, the 
future will feel his mark. Remember that name: Jay 


McLean, Virginia 


Woodstock, Virginia 

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 

Hugh Harrison Hopltins 

Civil Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Rat Judo, ASCE, 
Lutheran Club, Who's Nobody Club, Regimental Band. 

In September of '65, Hughie came down out of the 
hills to the bustling Metropolis (?) of Lexington. Little 
did he know he would love the place enough to stay 
the year 'round. In short order he met the Mad Lith- 
uanian and was shown yet one more use of the coat 
hanger. Time passed and his third class year brought 
cold floors and those fights with room 209. That was 
an "odd" year with rats down almost every night. His 
2nd class year brought a little trouble, his ring, and 
much study. He is the only cadet who called home to 
have his mother say, "Congratulations, I hear you're 
engaged." After being scraped off the ceiling, he final- 
ly came out smelling like a rose. For a while there, 
though. ... He managed to enter his last year, dis- 
cnrolled, of course, not having found "Miss Right," but 
still riding high. 

Best of Luck, Hugh. 

Kenneth Frank Houston 


History. Infantry, Pvt., Ring Figure Magazine, AFC, 
Civil War Roundtable, "100 PT" Club, Downtown Ath- 
letic Club, Cadet Receptionist, Who's Nobody Club. 

Many army brats came to VMI in September '65. 
Ken did not seem to stand out among them for any 
special reason his rat year. Soon, however, he startled 
his classmates by completing twelve glorious trips to 
the G.C. and the R.D.C. for his misadventures in the 
rat line. After he shook off the P.T.'s and confinement 
of this feat. Ken began to frequent the hot spots of 
Lexington. Every Saturday night during his 3rd and 
2nd class years saw him either at Johnny's, Doc's, the 
C.I., or even Steve's (with a date, no less!) The girls' 
schools suffered no less in his endless searching. 

All this changed when Ken became a First Classman. 
A desire to learn so that he might enter graduate 
school spurred him on to Dean's List grades. Future 
responsibilities (including marriage) have brought Ken 
to an end of a "raise-hell" cadetship and the future 
holds for this firm red-white-and-yellow man many 
happy and successful years. 

Joseph Shirkey Howard, II 


Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Stu- 
dent, Class Insurance Committee, Class Research Com- 
mittee, Library Assistant, IRC, Political Science Society, 
AFC, Tidewater Club. 

Jos Howard is indeed a strange man, for he has a 
double personality, combining the best of all possible 
worlds. Turning from visions of R.A. to the studies of 
J.M.K., he has achieved an academic excellence which 
few can rival. When weekends arrive our man Joe be- 
comes Frosty the Snowman, an avid dater, voracious 
party goer, and gregarious individual. Joe and his little 
red TR have been known to range as far as New York 
in search of the good life. 

More importantly, however, Joe has always found 
time to help a friend, offer sincere advice or just to 
say a kind word. Best of luck to you Joe (and we are 
sure you will make a big contribution to economics) 
and for the happiness of your own little snowflake. 

Frankfort, Germany 

Conway Knox Hubard 

"Knox" "Hub" 

Economics, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Sup. Sgt., Distinguished 
Military Student, Pioneer Investment Club— President, 
Hop and Floor Committee, Fire Fighters, YRC, Crow's 

Hub passed up Virginia because he heard Pine Room 
parties were better than frat parties, but one would 
hardly say his choice has been regretted. Knox has 
taken an active role not only at VMI, but also at othei 
institutions in the area. In his quest for knowledge, 
he has spent many hours at Liberty Hall, the College 
Inn, and the library. Although Knox has done well in 
both academics and military, he has never let these 
pursuits limit his scope. Besides a long awaited di- 
ploma, Knox will take with him many memories (some 
pleasant) and numerous friends. As Knox drives off 
with his "chauffeur" in the passenger seat and John- 
ny's Tennis Shoe on the floor, we hope he doesn't 
have a blow-out — or do we? 

William Thomas Hudson 

"Tommy" "Waterbags" "Bomber" 

Economics, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Soccer, Political 
Science Society — Treasurer, Hop and Floor Committee, 
Spirit Committee, Mad Bombers' Association, Club 138, 
Ghetto, Richmond Club, Letcher Avenue Surfing Asso- 
ciation, S.P.B. 

X.O.W. came to VMI aspiring to be a great civil engi- 
neer. After watching his dyke being swallowed up by 
the hay monster every afternoon, he switched to eco- 
nomics. This gave him time for other things, like being 
one of the charter members of the Mad Bombers' 
Association. His second class year came around and it 
was time for The Brown Helmet to settle down. Al- 
though 237 was a miniature "romper room" and al- 
though "Water Bags" became a familiar cry, Tommy 
still had time to make the Dean's List. Following in 
his dyke's footsteps, he made finals a completely 
unique experience. During his first class year, Tom 
joined Theta Chi at Richmond and aimed for a place 
in law school. Too bad there isn't one near Radford. 

With such an easy going, friendly personality, he 
will be a success for sure. Good luck, B.R. 

Francis Parker Huger 


Chemistry, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat, Wrestling, 
Rat Track, Rat Cross Country, ACS, Co. PT Officer, 

"HAWG BODY" rings out from the depths of the 
Ghetto and there, down the stoop, shuffles the chem- 
istry department's favorite son. Frank's unique posture 
and his loquacity, (he said 47 words his Rat year) 
have made him a well known and popular member of 
the Ghetto. Frank's feats of strength have constantly 
amazed his roommates. Well remembered is the 
famous Huger experiment, with 36 different kinds of 
intoxicants, at a Zollman's party his third class year. 

Frank has had his share of Wednesday and Saturday 
afternoon rifle drill. His great sense of humor and 
good nature will impress and win friends wherever he 
goes after graduation. 

Norfolk, Virginia 

Richmond, Virginia 

Lexington, Virginia 

James Thomas Hunt 


Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt-, Varsity and Rat Track, 
ASCE, Rat Social Committee, Who's Nobody Club, 
Monogram Club. 

A red-headed C.E.! With anyone else that would be 
two strikes against him. Tom, remarkably, has turned 
out to be a nice red-headed C.E. Lost in the bowels 
of NEB, he fights a never ending battle against such 
monsters as "Thermo" (Shudder), Circuits, etc. Though 
academics are the basis of his existence, one cannot 
Imagine Tom worrying himself into a nervous, sleep- 
less wreck. He manages to release himself into such 
relaxing activities as Corps Trips, Zollman's, parties, 
etc., and seems to survive quite well. 

Tom didn't make a big hit with the rank system 
simply because it didn't make a big hit with him. He 
is quite content to be a private, and, since privates 
are the backbone of the Corps, he is a definite asset. 
The future holds more CE-type mysteries for Tom, 
but one cannot help but think that they will turn out 
all right. He deserves it. Good luck and take care. 

James Read Huicheson 

"Jim" "Read" 

History, Armor, Pvt., Rat Cross Country, Indoor Track, 
Ghetto, Hop and Floor Committee. 

Ole Jimma Read came from Southside Virginia (be 
sure to pronounce the V hard) four years ago. It 
was love at first sight — he said he'd love to get the 
hell out. 

Since then Jimma has adapted very well to the 
military way of life. He hasn't given it one thought 
since arriving. A charter member of the Ghetto, 
Jimma has retained his civilian outlook on life. The 
civilian in Jim has carried him far and wide in a 
successful search of the finer things in life. All the 
women's colleges, especially Sweet Briar, have bene- 
fited by Jim's ramblings. 

A slow talker with a quick sense of humor, Jim 
regularly attends the Pine Room and Zollman's social 
functions. He has also attended Prat parties on oc- 
casions with Dog and Large Man. He will long be 
remembered for his feats at the South Carolina 
beaches during the summer of his Second Class year. 

Jim's personality, will to win friends, and his 
sixth sense, will find him plenty of parties and women 
in the future. Good luck, Jim, from all your Brother 

Raymond Walter Ihlenburg 

Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., CpL, 1st Sgt., Varsity 
and Rat Rifle. ASCE, Ring Committee, Co-Captain 
Rifle Team, Tidewater Club, Class Sweater Committee, 
Lorrie, Monogram Club. 

It's a long 250 miles from Virginia Beach to 
Lexington and the surf's never up on the Maury. 
That couldn't be the explanation for the Kraut's 
presence at the VMI. He is here and is certainly no 
inconspicuous personality. 

As a Rat, he traded in his surfboard for a target 
rifle, NEB, summer schools, and books. Rank came 
to Ray only to depart with the receiving of the 
number 10 award twice. Once for an outstanding 
paper airplane design and again for sportsmanship 
on the superball court. 

There was a time when it seemed as if Ray would 
have to change his major to Math 214, but he 
finally left Scott Shipp forever and dwelled in his 
beloved NEB. 

After 45 straight months, the Hessian's graduation 
is in sight. It will be the result of hard work and 
undying determination of the same sort, we are 
sure, that will enable him to get all that he wants 
... no matter how long it takes. 


Virginia Beach, Virginia 


John Cabot Ishon 


Biology, Artillery, Pvt., AC, Cheerleader, RDC Repre- 
sentative, Pioneer Investment Club, Tidewater Club, 

On that eventful day in September four years ago, 
out of the swamps came our crabber, Botts. Small in 
stature, it didn't take him long to fit right into his 
new habitat. The perfect Brother Rat to all, he has 
supplied our respective stoops with food packages for 
the last four years. 

A regular member of the summer school corps, John 
has quite a way with the women. He has always 
managed to have a good-looking date from places 
ranging from Virginia to Massachusetts, but never the 
same one. The lucky young lady, who captures John 
for her man, will make quite a good catch. 

We will never forget John's go-get-it academic at- 
titude. Whenever we needed him, he was always hid- 
den in the Biology Building pondering over a book. 
We will never forget John's warm smile and his 
genuine concern for his friends. Knowing John has 
been our privilege, and we all wish him the best of 
luck in his future endeavors. 


Marvin Itzkowitz 
"Marvelous" "Top Jew" 

History, Pvt., Sup. Sgt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Dean's List, Who's Who, Varsity and Rat Track, 
Bomb — First Class Editor, Religious Council, Monogram 
Club, Political Science Society— President, YRC, Spirit 
Committee, IRC, Ghetto. 

The purpose of VMI is to educate the whole man. 
The bulk of us channel our energies into a single field, 
but Marv has channeled his massive bulk into a mul- 
titude of interests. 

His inquisitive nature has delved into the realm of 
the Political Science Society (of which he is president), 
the Bomb, the International Relations Club, and the 
Monogram Club. As a shot putter, he has shown his 
progress in the field of athletics. A "nouveau riche" 
in the society of rankers, he has, as supply sergeant, 
gathered the Rats of "A" Company under his wing. 
Despite these myriad activities, he has managed to find 
the time to obtain an extensive academic education 
as well. 

A cadet who claims his friends not only among his 
own class, but among the entire Corps, Marv's cadet- 
ship has been a memorable experience. Next year will 
find Marv at law school conquering the new bulk of 
challenges before him. 

Clyde Jay Jennings 


English, Armor, Pvt., Lutheran Club, Rangers, Glee 
Club, YAF, YRC, Youth for Nixon, VMI Hiking and Gun 
Club, Lacrosse Club, Soccer, OGA. 

We found him in many places: New York, London, 
Miami, tube room, PX, Pine Room, beneath tanks, 
behind bushes and books, in trouble, and in bed. We 
saw him do many things, pass trig, play soccer, wait 
tables, laugh, get boozed, get out of trouble and bed, 
and march in parades. We all know him in different 
ways. He defended the system. He defended his 
friends. He defended what he thought to be right. And 
he defended himself. He was always there when you 
needed him, and in the way when you didn't. He 
helped when he could, and took nothing. He didn't 
cry much, but he was sad a lot. He thought about 
girls and beaches, airplanes and crackerjacks. He 
thought little about himself. He was good and he was 
bad. He made mistakes. He was human, and one of 
the few among us to admit it. 

In a smaller sense, he was a ranger-airborne-philo- 
sophical -left- deviationist -non -conformist -vocal -republi- 
can tanker, crossed-trained in English and stamp col- 
lecting. He was our Brother Rat. We won't forget him. 

Lynchburg, Virginia 


William Richard Jeter 

"Dick" "Fatback" "Festus" 

Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Distinguished Academic Student, Rat Football, Rat 
Baseball, Bomb Staff, VAS, Bridge Club, Physical Fit- 
ness Officer, Spirit Committee. 

If there has ever been anyone who has taken life 
at VMI in stride, it is bound to be Dick. Who else 
could spend so much time in the "hay," and gain 
such an envious list of accomplishments? As the flash 
at Amherst County High School, Dick came to VMI 
with expectations of being one of the Institute's great- 
est, but an injury and a weight problem put a damper 
on his plans. His second and third class years were 
spent in dedicated study to accomplish his goal of 
becoming a doctor. Athletic ability again has entered 
the "Champ's" life this year with the thrashing of the 
"Chump" on the handball court. Dick has also turned 
his attention to the fairer sex as he has made nu- 
merous trips to Longwood to see "Fudsy." All of "Fat- 
back's" Brother Rats know him as one with a perfect 
humor and personality and wish him the utmost suc- 
cess as he continues his studies next year at the 
Medical College of Virginia. 

Stephen Randolph Jones 


Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Soccer, All-State 
Soccer Fullback, Va., Bomb Staff, ACS, AFC, YRC, '69 
Spirit Committee. 

Steve came to VMI, like many, with the high hopes 
of obtaining that wonderful phenomenon known as 
rank. He even made a running effort at it his rat year. 
However, three years and thirty pounds lighter, Steve 
still remains a private. 

In his stay, Steve has ruined Lexington's reputation 
as a "Bird Sanctuary," stalking anything with wings. 
In between his bird-hunting safaris one could find 
Steve making other trips — Alabama, Florida, and South 
Carolina. Yes, Steve has that rare ability to pack more 
distance into one weekend than anyone. His trips with 
his white ducks to the tailor repair shop are as 
frequent as his trips to the mail room. Have you 
ever received a "Dear Steve" letter? — Steve has re- 
ceived three. 

In all seriousness, Steve is one of the most devoted 
and sincere brother rats that our class could ask for. 
With his friendly smile, warm personality and personal 
cleanliness, Steve will go a long way. 

Thomas Cunningham Jones 

"T.C." "Drip" 

Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, VAS, IRC, Civil 
War Roundtable, Lacrosse Club — Treasurer, YRC, Ap- 
pendix, Soccer. 

Wild and reckless Tom Jones well lives up to the 
reputation of his namesake. Tom has found every 
possible avenue to trouble at VMI. He almost forgot 
what a Corps Trip was. However, most of the time 
he has found his way out. "T.C." has been plagued 
by many misfortunes such as his halftime entertain- 
ment at a parade his rat year where he got the 
name "Drip." He is also known for his manual 
dexterity in organic lab where he worked amid broken 
glass and poisonous fumes. In comparative anatomy 
lab he was reknowned for mutilating dead animals. 

If there's a party anywhere, chances are T.C.'s 
there and in fine form, flying high with the wild 
gleam in his eyes. 

Fortunately, he has harnessed some of his incredible 
energy. Deep within this wildness is a core of gold. 
Tom is an idealist who always took the hard courses 
to learn. His hard work and intelligence will lead 
him to his goal in medicine. 

Fairmont, West Virginia 


Amo Frank Judd, III 

"Ammo" "Turkey Body" 

Chemistry, USMC, Pvt., Tidewater Club, ACS, Society 
of the Delta's, Ghetto (Associate Member). 

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! There he goes again, that 
man among men, our own Turkey Body. Where would 
a party have been without him? How did the Quad 
at U.Va, find its groove? Where would we have been 
without his perpetual wit and his "come on make 
yourself at home" personality? Why they almost had 
to call off a Tidewater Club Party 'cause Amo, that 
noble youth, was inconsiderate enough to visit his 
grandmother that evening. 

Of course, Amo only cavorted in this bawdy fashion 
on the weekend, with the first stir Monday morning 
we found a new man. He was "only" the 1st. rank- 
ing private major in Charlie Company and speaking 
of versatility? Why Amo saw service as CO, guidon, 
platoon leader and 2nd man 3rd squad with no prior 
training. And who kept the ACS fat to the last 
kernel but Ice Pick and our own Gobble, Gobble. 
A little body contact to perfect the "well rounded" 
man? How about his action in Lacrosse, Fencing, and 
the unforgettable Spring football season. "Who wants 
to play in the fall anyway? You miss all the parties!" 

Amo takes with us our fondest regards and we are 
sure that happiness and prosperity will become his 
way of life. 

Walter Talley Judd 

"Walt Doc" 

Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Sup. Sgt., Head-trainer. 
Religious Council, Timmins Society, Baptist Student 
Union, Glee Club — Administrative Assistant, Comman- 
ders, Biology Lab Instructor, I.G.B.A. 

Walt came to VMI prepared to fulfill a destiny of 
dating a girl from every campus in Virginia, of be- 
coming a "ranker," and of attaining an outstanding 
academic record. He's achieved all three, dating 
from Mary Washington all the way to Alabama, making 
an enviable record as a pseodo-intellectual science 
major, and becoming a frustrated ranker as F Com- 
pany supply sergeant. 

From his "Dear Mr. Judd" letters to his own "little 
red haired girl," Walt has been VMI's Public Affairs 
Man in charge of Female Relations for four years. In- 
structed by "the Beak" his Rat year, he's mastered 
the art of dating six girls at once, none of them 
knowing about the other. He also learned from Dyke 
Beak that the best way to be around here is not 
to be around; so he became an athletic trainer and 
has been to but two parades since his Rat year. 

All Walt's time hasn't been devoted to girls, 
athletics, books, and rank, though since he is one 
of the most dependable and helpful members of the 
class. Given a chance, Walt has always done all in 
his power to help his BR's. Give all you've given 
here to the future, and it will surely give to you. 

Alan Edward Kallski 


Mathematics, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Academic 
Student. Varsity Tennis, Rat Basketball and Baseball, 
Monogram Club, YRC. 

Four years ago Alan Edward Kaliski came to the 
Virginia Military Institute with stars in his eyes, 
counting the days till he was to become an officer. 
And now, his four years almost gone, the stars in 
his bloodshot eyes have disappeared only to reappear 
on his sleeves. Instead of counting the days till 
commissioning, he is now counting the hours to grad- 
uation. Al comes to us from Port Chester Hebrew 
School where he was a star athlete and scholar. He 
is the second in a long line of Kaliski's tO' attend the 
Institute (he promises many more to come) where 
he has left his indelible mark, the "Star of David." 
Prominent among his many contributions to the VMI 
are his academic stars, 2 years on the varsity tennis 
team, and his ability to fill in as an excellent sub- 
stitute cadet waiter for his roommate. Al, in his short 
stay here, has made countless friends, all of whom 
wish him well in the years to come. 

Norfolk, Virginia 

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Port Chester, New York 


1 Lynchburg, Virginia 

Arlington, Virginia 

Orville Wayne Keesee 


History, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Capf.— Battalion Com- 
mander, Distmguished Aerospace Student, Dean's 
List, Bomb Staff, Rangers, Hop and Floor Committee 
New Market Honor Guard, AFC, Contact Committee' 
A.F. Commandant's Award, Lynchburg Club. 

With grave doubts and misgivings, Wayne entered 
that forbidding structure on the Hill on September 
9, 1965. After ten minutes of the Rat Line, our hero 
realized he was not exactly in Fat City. After enduring 
the tortures of the fourth stoop, he decided that the 
place wasn't so bad, and that stripes might be a 
good thing to have. Scenic mountain tours with the 
Rangers program convinced him that his best bet 
was to sprout wings. Along with other assorted 
stripes and awards accumulated at VMI, Wayne holds 
the dubious honor of being the first in the class to 
have his Ring Figure date get married. We know not 
where his Air Force travels will take him, but we 
can be sure that he will be in something that flies. 
Best of luck, "Kazoo," and we'll see you back in 
Alumni Hall, through a bottle. 

John William Kennedy 

"Jack-Rat" "Jacque Kennoody" "Hot Dog" 

Civil Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Lt., Who's Who, 
Varsity Wrestling — Co-Captain, Soccer — Co-Captain, Rat 
Swimming, Rat Soccer, Rat Baseball, ASCE, Civil Shaft, 
Honor Court, Class Committee — Co-Chairman, Mono- 
gram Club— President, Athletic Council, Northern Vir- 
ginia Club. 

Despite the admonitions of his older brother. Jack 
intrepidly entered the Institute. He soon adjusted to 
the VMI system, and adeptly selected his roommates 
for his third-class year. 

Jack's broad interests, coupled with his personal 
sincerity, have enabled him to excel in a variety of 
extra-curricular activities. Not only has he been a 
"good guy-type" cadet officer, but also an outstanding 
athlete, co-captaining two varsity sports. 

Jack's desires and goals in regard to his academic 
calling have made his face a familiar one in the 
Barracks' study room in the wee hours of the morning. 
Jack's desires and goals in regard to the opposite sex 
have made his face a familiar one in the Barracks' 
study room in the wee hours of the morning. 

Respected by his Brother Rats, Jack is one of 
those cadets who has given more to, and will carry 
more away from, VMI than any diploma is capable 
of symbolizing. 

Kharavuth Khemayodhin 


Electrical Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Distin- 
guished Academic Student, Soccer, IEEE, Sigma Pi 
Sigma, Religious Council, Glee Club. 

Out of the Far East came a phenomenon short on 
height, but long on brains. This phenomenon came 
to VMI in '65 and quickly became known as the 
"K." "K" immediately showed himself to be a 
superior student. It took three years for him to get 
his academic stars only because of his LA courses 
which would be a trifle difficult for any Thai. The 
stars are only small visible tokens of the diligent 
effort he has put into his work to make himself 
the top ranking EE of the Class of '69. As the 
Inscription on the Parapet goes, he is "a gratifying 
spectacle, and an honor to" the Institute and his 
country, Thailand. 


Bangkok, Thailand 

Patrick Desmond King 


Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished 
Military Student, Dean's List, Cadet Staff— photogra- 
piier. Bomb staff — pfiotograpfier and Art Director, 
Baptist Student Union, Religious Council, Cadet Bat- 
tery, Ring Figure Magazine — photograpfier. Biology 
Honors Program. 

"King P.D., Lynchburg, Va. Sir!" were Pat's first 
official words as a cadet on that wonderful day we all 
know and remember well. 9 September 1965. 

It didn't take long after matriculation for Pat to 
pick up such code names as PD, or more affectionately 
Sweet Pea. Although he was a fine clarinetist in the 
band, the powers that were saw fit to remove him 
from the ranks of music-makers and give him a sabre. 
Besides being a leader in the band, Pat has also led 
the Bomb Staff as Director of Photography and is 
known by his Photography Staff as "the old master," 
the blame for many of the pictures In this Bomb is 
therefore his own. 

Pat, I speak for all of our Brother Rats when I say 
I hope you attain your goal of M.D. Best of luck, 
we know you will do well. 

Paul D. Kowalski 


English, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt„ 1st. Sgt., Rat Fencing, 
Timmins Music Society, Glee Club, Rangers, Who's 
Nobody Club. 

Paul entered VMI with the goal of flight surgeon's 
wings at the culmination of his academic career. The 
Biology Department convinced him, however, that the 
best road to medical school was through the English 
curriculum. In addition to keeping his head above 
water in his new department, Paul simultaneously 
fulfilled the requirements in chemistry and biology, 
prerequisite for medical school acceptance. Paul's life 
was further complicated by the trials of the rank 
system at VMI. One of the most made and unmade 
rankers In our class, Paul spent equal time sewing 
on and cutting off stripes. Abdicating from the re- 
sponsibilities inherent In rank so he would have more 
time to devot3 to academics and the finer things of 
life, Paul has the dubious distinction of being the 
first First Class sabre-bearer to bust himself this year. 
All of us hope that Paul's unbridled optimism will 
remain with him as he strives for acceptance to 
medical school and enters the long hard grind of 
post-graduate education. 

John Michael LaMar 

History, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat Cross Country, 
Rat Indoor Track, Ghetto, Ring Figure Committee, Hop 
and Floor Committee, Who's Nobody Club, Fire 

Mike came to VMI with the illusion of being a 
Marine, but this Idea soon fled from his imagination. 
After running rat track he gave that up too, and 
settled down to the Ghetto way of life. Partying 
smoothed his mind out, and Ruthle entered the scene. 
Her Influence should not be underestimated, because 
without her, Mike has been known to do some un- 
believable things — like falling off the closed gates at 
Marshall Arch. 

He is a charter member of two exclusive clubs, 
the Central Lunch, and Mrs. Lee's. The latter is 
more important to Mike and he can usually be 
located there on most Saturday nights enjoying the 
good Southern hospitality. 

Four years at VMI have given Mike time enough 
to make plans for the future. Best of luck to a 
colorful member of the Ghetto from the Class of '69. 

Falls Church, Virginia 


Walter Cammack Laundon 


Mathematics, B.S., Infantry, Pvt., Sup. Sgt., 1st Sgt., 
Distinguished Military Student, Dean's List, Cadet 
Guides— Manager, Cadet Receptionist, Young Republi- 
cans, AFC, Political Science Society, IRC, Tidewater 
Club, Fire Fighters, RDC Representative. 

On 9 September 1965, a Rat entered VMI who, 
with assistance from his dyke, a past master at the 
game, was able to remain anonymous for four years 
despite the handicap of an obvious white sling on 
his twice dislocated elbow. The only significant event 
was a fishing trip in May which netted a last minute 
Finals date. The next year saw an increasing number 
of dates and a decreasing GPA. Ring Figure found 
him happy, drunk, and pinned. Lightning struck sec- 
ond semester and our hero jumped from a 2.0 to 
Dean's List. His first class year brought the long 
awaited rank and good grades. Also, there was the 
interesting game of two VMI roommates vs. two 
Sweet Briar sisters. The future may bring the Army, 
graduate school, or anything, but we're sure it will 
include Betsy. 

Robert Charles Leibecke, Jr. 


History, Armor, Pvt., Sgt., Distinguished Military Stu- 
dent, Dean's List, Rat Rifle Team, ROTC Scholarship, 
Rangers, Young Republicans, Tanker Platoon, AFC, 
Automobile Committee, Firefighters. 

On September 9, 1965 a somewhat anxious rat 
walked through Jackson Arch, unknowing of the con- 
sequences of the next four years at VMI. Through trial 
and tribulation he braved the elements until he finally 
mastered the methods of getting through the system. 

As a Ranger his third class year. Bob kept everyone's 
spirit. On that cold rainy night in November Bob's ex- 
quisite "oratory" kept everybody warm, and his "super 
military" attitude saved the day. 

Bob's personality, hard work, and devotion to his 
brother rats have gained him their respect. Sometimes 
witty, sometimes serious. Bob has always been the type 
of guy whose company everyone enjoys. 

Right now a DMS, a regular commission, and a 
hopped-up Mustang are waiting. 

Good luck. Bob, from the B.R.'s of 1969. 

Lawrence Richard Lenz 


History, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Distinguished Military 
Student, Distinguished Academic Student, Who's Who, 
Cadet — Business Manager, Ring Figure Magazine — 
Business Manager, Hop and Floor Committee — Treasur- 
er, Lutheran Club, Rat Swimming. 

Larry's four years at VMI have given him success in 
many areas. Rank, however, cannot be included among 
these since his ranking career was terminated by a 
"Good-To-Me" deal a week before Ring Figure. Larry 
found his "true love" in the summer of 1966, the 
spring of 1968, and again in the summer of 1968. He 
has developed a variety of interests (i.e. making 
money, reading, watching the Dean Martin Show mak- 
ing a lot of money, surfing, jogging, making a whole 
lot of money). 

We are confident that Larry's interest and talents 
will carry him a long way. We wish him the best of 
luck in his endeavors. . . . It's been a hell of an 
experience knowing you!!! 

East IVIeadow, New York 

George William Lester 


Electrical Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Rat Fencing, IEEE, 
Civil War Roundtable, Young Republicans, Ghetto. 

George Lester, VMl's man from Waynesboro, has 
made a lasting and profound impression on all those 
who have known him at the Institute. Quite an out- 
spoken young man. George is a confirmed "Rebel" 
and Southern patriot who never hesitates to voice his 
opinions, however loud his voice may be! 

Since his first day at the Institute, this champion of 
freedom has had but one goal — to get out! Somehow 
one gets the impression that VMI and George just 
weren't made for each other. However, George has 
that "never-say-die" will to win that will give him a 
coveted EE degree, along with plenty of vengeance to 
reek upon the world. Only two things will stymie this 
man's unconquerable spirit: a bottle of bad whiskey 
or a good woman. 

We are looking forward to hearing from George in 
the future; nobody could ever miss that voice! 

James Wilson Long, Jr. 

"Jimmy" "Maverick" "Chops" 

Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Soccer, Varsity Tennis, Var- 
sity Wrestling— Manager, Ring Figure Committee, Spirit 
Committee, Roanoke Club, Pioneer Investment Club, 
Rat Social Committee. 

"About that hair!" Rankers have forgotten Jimmy's 
name; the only thing they can think of is his hair. But 
Jimmy can't be bothered by such nonentities as rank 
ers; he likes women. In this vein he has been spending 
much of his free time cavorting throughout Virginia 

However, one must be in good physical condition to 
cavort every weekend, and no one participates in more 
sports than Jim. He managed the wrestling team, was 
ball boy for the tennis team, and out-of-bounds-ball 
getter for the soccer team, not to mention always run- 
ning from tac officers. Of course, the shape he is in 
is a little reminiscent of a balloon, but women love it. 

So as Jim prepares to leave VMI we don't wish him 
luck — he needs none. Rather, we pray for the mercy 
for the working women, an untapped reservoir for the 
Blind Sun God (Heavyweight Class). 

Henry Christian L'Orange 

"Chris" "Phoenix" 

History, USMC, CpL, Sgt., Capt.— Regimental Com- 
mander, Distinguished Academic Student, Dean's List, 
Who's Who, Rangers, Rhodes Scholar Nominee, Ring 
Figure Committee, Contact Committee, Fire Fighters, 
Library Assistant, Glee Club, AFC, IRC, USMC Com- 
mandant's Trophy. 1957 and 1968, Daughters of the 
American Revolution Award, Reserve Army Officer's 
ROTC Award. 

It would be absurd to list all of Chris' accomplish- 
ments. Everybody already knows that he's been a 
Dean's List Student since those carefree Rat days. We 
were not surprised either when he got those mustard 
stains on his sleeves (which are known as academic 
stars). Who could guess that this mild-mannered stu- 
dent was a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool, 100°'», gung-ho 
Marine? Are there shudders of disbelief? It's true — 
Chris whipped the Marine Corps into the same shape 
as his VMI academics. And this quality — rock-hard 
dedication — is, perhaps, the answer to Chris' success. 
He can't just do Something: It has to be done well. 
Sometimes we feel that the best is not good enough 
for our Marine Corps taskmaster who shoulders the 
burden of R.C. Inheriting an office that was traditional 
ly looked upon as unfeeling and harsh, Chris surprised 
everybody with his totally unique innovations. As R.C. 
he unselfishly acted as the Corps' spokesman m mat- 
ters both trivial and serious. Time and again, he has 
demonstrated his leadership ability in putting the 
Corps' interest above his own. There is no need to 
wish this serious and dedicated man luck in the future. 
Quite simply, he has what it takto. 

Waynesboro, Virginia 


Roanoke, Virginia 

Jacksonville, Florida 

Savannah, Georgia 

Tampa, Florida 

Hayward Douglas Luckett, III 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity 
Tennis, Rat Track, Cadet Staff, ASCE Civil Shaft, ASCE, 
Deep South Club, Rat Math Tutoring Program. 

"Pass the bread, pass the peas, pass the meat, pass 
the potatoes, pass everything , . ." Yes. VMI's version 
of a cross between Hoss Cartwright and Cool Hand 
Luke's stomach is embodied in Doug, "the bottomless- 
pit" Luckett (Commonly known as money bags-heir to 
the longest railroad wealth in the South). In between, 
between meal snacks, Doug divides his time between a 
certain girl and studies, but it wasn't always that way. 
The Scwanna Rat used to be plagued by home town 
girls, but now he's found that girls of the mid-south 
have a lot more to offer (or the other way around). 
Doug discovered the Dean's List after a long struggle 
with Scooter Knapp, Hondell, "Ho-Ho" Dobyns, and the 
boys in the CE Department. 

In the social arena, never one to admit that he is 
really a cadet, Doug embodies the civilian spirit. Who 
else would wear matching socks-pants-shirt-sweater & 
tie just to go to Goshen? 

Doug also plays a mean game of tennis and hits a 
hell of a good golf ball. We wish Doug, the cleanest 
guy in barracks, the best of luck. 

Joseph Gerard Lynch 

"Joe" "Penguin" 

History, Air Force. Cpl., Sgt., Lt.. Dean's List. Who's 
Who, Bomb Staff— Editor-in-Chief, 1969 Bullet— Co- 
Editor, Handbook for Entering Cadets — Co-Editor, Pub- 
lications Board, Class of 1969 Research Committee, 
Contact Committee, VMI Commanders, Soul Kings, As- 
sociation of Sleepy History Majors, Late, late Catholic 
Church, The Drummer. 

Anyone can review Joe's record and recognize the 
obvious qualities behind his success. However, most of 
us know that black type and white paper will never 
spell out the qualities that have made him more than 
a mere story of success. He was never a status seeker, 
though status he received. A philosopher he was not, 
but rather, he combined an acute sense of perception, 
understanding, and honest introspection to reach into 
both people and things. 

But to cloud his history with implications of perfec- 
tion would be unforgivable. Joe was as human as 
Darwin would allow, and had his misgivings with na- 
ture like the rest of us. We will remember the philo- 
sophical drunk at parties, the long-haired ranker who 
was always a little late, the perpetual sleeper who 
could accomplish the impossible without waking up, 
and the remarkable procrastinater who could finish a 
semester's work in two nights ... the two nights 
preceding the final. 

We have no doubt that he will succeed in law school 
and whatever afterwards. 

Gary Willard Mackey 

"Gary" "Cookie" "Holey Ho" 

Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., CpL, Varsity and Rat 
Football, Rat Track, ASCE, General Committee — Mem- 
ber at Large, Class Committee, Tidewater Club — Vice 
President, Sultan of Barracks, IGBA, Monogram Club, 

Gary Willard fVlackey entered VMI a beaten man, re- 
jected by Davidson. Gary decided to rally from this 
disappointment and set about doing just that. After 
spending a successful Rat year by avoiding all the 
usual harrassments designed to instill discipline and 
character, Gary's moment of glory arrived; he found 
himself a corporal! Disillusionment followed quickly 
but not even this could subdue Gary who carried on 
by turning his attention to the business world. 

Socially Gary has been an instant success. Always 
polite, mild mannered, never boisterous or crude, and 
introducing a relaxed and carefree atmosphere wher- 
ever he happened to be. A summer school standout, 
thanks to Pabst Blue Ribbon and Major Dalgo, Gary 
added much to the Goshen Pass landscape and rep- 

In the future one can only guess how far Gary will 
go, but undoubtedly it will be very far. Good luck, 


Norfolk, Virginia 

Geddes Fredwell MacLaren 

"Ged" "Mac" 

Economics, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Military 
Student, Dean's List, Ring Figure Magazine, Pioneer 
Investment Club, IRC, Civil War Roundtable, Tanker 
Platoon, AFC, Political Science Society, Pistol and Rifle 
Club, Maine Club— President, Economics Dept.— Cadet 
Assistant Economics and Computer Science Tutor, 
Fire Fighters. 

VMI rarely attracts the hardy inhabitants of Maine's 
North Country. Should the occasion arise, the result 
is unique. Geddes has proved to be a staunch defender 
of New England's traditions, while at the same time 
becoming easily accustomed to the ways of the South- 
erner. From the day he matriculated, getting the most 
out of VMI has been his motivating force. His high 
standing in the Economics and Military Science De- 
partments, participation in numerous extra-curricular 
activities, while maintaining consistent Dean's List 
grades, renders evidence to the successful attainment 
of this goal. Geddes, however, has never let this goal 
interfere with his deep religious convictions and his 
willingness to lend a listening ear or give a word of 

Though the future is uncertain, undoubtedly Geddes 
will be successful in any field of endeavor if he con- 
tinues to maintain the qualities that he has demon- 
strated throughout his cadetship. 

Norman Wayne Maddox 

Mathematics, Air Force, Pvt., Rat Track, Glee Club, 
Who's Nobody Club, Dean's List. 

It has been four years since that boy from the out- 
skirts of Lynchburg came to VMI. "Oogie" must have 
been a lifeguard that summer because his neck cer- 
tainly was red. 

"Oogie," or "Herman," as he prides himself in being 
called, definitely hasn't led a hum-drum life at the 
Institute. From his Rat year, when he used to have the 
"fellas" over after taps to watch the late movie, until 
his senior year, he has managed to get into interest- 
ing situations. Carrying on in the footsteps of his 
dykes. Bland and Co., Oogie has slept every afternoon 
and taken late study "most every night." What other 
Math major took two foreign languages at once (En- 
glish and French), and who else had a dyke his rat 
and 3rd class year? He knew the only way to go was 
as a private, but spent $19.25 his junior year in a 
two week long attempt to get rank. 

Let us hope that maybe this friend to all has de- 
cided to settle down, and that he doesn't ever change. 

Henry Van Maeger 

"Maeg" "Van" 

Economics, Armor, CpL, Sgt., Lt. — Battalion S-4, Dis- 
tinguished Military Student, Varsity and Rat Swimming. 

Once the initial shock of matriculation had worn off, 
"Maeg" settled down in pursuit of athletic, military, 
and academic achievement. With two varsity swimming 
letters, a battalion staff position, and a "Respectable" 
average in a difficult curriculum, "Maeg's" efforts have 
not been in vain. But most of us will remember Van 
Maeger for his remarkable number of good looking 
weekend dates, and his "Scotch-loving" disposition. 
For Van the future holds an RA, and if we don't run 
into him in a rice paddy somewhere in Southeast Asia, 
we hope we can see him back in Alumni Hall. Good 
luck. Brother Rat. 

Lynchburg, Virginia 


Fairfax, Virginia 


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Chester, Virginia 

Front Royal, Virginia 

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Levittown, Pennsylvania 

Michael Harvey Maguigan 

"Horrible Harve" 

French, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Football, Varsity 
and Rat Track, Student Union Recreational Committee 
Chairman, Varsity Club, Thorne Hill Estates. 

Horrible Harve came up from Chester (Dog Patch) 
known as the voice of Corner Pyle. Aspiring to become 
a doctor, Mike chose to major in Biology, but as in 
everything else, his hands got in his v<ay. So now, 
Harvey is the only six-foot-two-inch, two-hundred- 
fifteen-pound French major. "He's really a pretty nice 
fella." Mike also plays a pretty fair game of football 
and has helped to pile honor on the "Big Red." 

But all this is merely a side light to Mike's most il- 
lustrious claim to fame, his nocturnal meanderings. 
No one questioned why screens were put in all of 
Barracks after Mike's "Rat Year." The yell of Mike 
jumping through barracks windows was enough to war- 
rant screens. All of Barracks has been awakened at 
one time or another to the cry of SNAKE. 

Julian Neville Major, III 

Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Military Stu- 
dent, Rat Basketball, Rat Golf, Pioneer Investment 
Club, Political Science Society, Northern Virginia Club. 
Redskin Club, Fearless Football Prognasticators, PX 
President, Bridge Club, Spirit Committee, I.G.B.A. 

Neville's overall reaction to the four year experience 
of VMI is somewhat unique, for since the day of his 
matriculation, he has been able to totally absorb the 
pressure of VMI's system. Neville employs the "What, 
me worry?" attitude and this strict unemotional ap- 
proach to problems seems to buffer all their accom- 
panying pressures. However, his unemotional attitude 
does not imply any laziness, for Neville is an enthusi- 
astic participant in national politics, sports analysis, 
and a very emotional member of the Redskin Club. He 
has also distinguished himself as a member of the 
Pioneer Investment Club, even though the main thrust 
of his extra curricular activities are channeled into his 
awesome role as President of the Post Exchange. It 
can only be speculated what his responsibilities in that 
position may be. In any event it is time consuming. 

Nevertheless, Neville looks forward to a period of 
relaxation after graduation but he is complicating his 
rehabilitation by a June marriage. Neville, though lit- 
erally a "sleeper," has a high degree of personal pride 
and has a very bright future ahead. He's a man with 
a plan — Best wishes! 

Gary Harold Market 


History, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Dean's List, Varsity 
and Rat Tennis, YRC, Publications Board, Student 
Union Board, Glee Club, IRC, Political Science Society, 
Research Committee, Cadet Receptionist, I.G.B.A. 

Kind, friendly, pleasing, courteous . . . wait a min- 
ute, just whom are we talking about here? Low, cutting, 
loud, opinionated? No, not exactly that either. Some- 
where between these two extremes is our Gary. As it 
turned out he is closer to the first type. One of the 
last bastions of decency in barracks, Gary managed to 
keep his head while all about him were losing theirs. 
Which is not to say the kid didn't have a way with 
girls; Margaret, Kathy, Gail, and Marianne can attest 
to that. Why do you think he became President of the 
Young Republicans? To have more parties, of course. 

When Gary wasn't singing in the Glee Club, stump- 
ing for Nixon, performing the duties of a lieutenant, 
serving on the Publications Board, or making up new 
rules for the student government (research committee), 
he found time to make the Dean's List. Whew! All that 
and he could speak two ways. Every happiness to this 
well-liked Law School aspirant and may he make his 
last mark with a check. 

Paul Douglas Camp Marks, Jr. 

Civil Engineering, Armor, Cpl., Sgt., U.. Distinguished 
Military Student, Rat Football, Rat Wrestling, ASCE, 
Ciuil Shaft— Reporter. Wesley Foundation, Hop Com- 
mittee. Fire Fighters, 1969 Finance Committee, "F 

Doug has experienced a great many changes of heart 
during his four years here. After his Rat year, Doug 
was determined to be counted among the elite of the 
Corps ... as a private. However, a stray set of stripes 
trapped him and destroyed this noble ambition. 
We can safely say, however, that despite this shatter- 
ing experience, beneath that "rank" exterior beats the 
heart of a private. 

In Doug's four years here, he had planned on a 
short engagement ("Christmas our first class year"), 
but once again he was overcome by a force beyond his 
control— Diane! After becoming engaged his second 
class year, Doug spent a fun-filled summer at Indian 
town Gap and VMI summer school. Upon return in the 
fall, though, he had to give up all this fun when his 
fiancee came to live and teach in Lexington. During his 
entire first class year, he had to suffer through seeing 
her every single weekend. We all know how trying it 
must have been on him and we wonder at his courage. 

We wish Doug and Diane the best in their future, 
and at least two children — named after us. 

Paul Jay Mascot 

History. Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Dean's List, Varsity Rifle 
Team, English Society. IRC, YRC. SCUBA Club, F Troop, 
Auto Committee Chairman, Texas Club, Who's Nobody 

Paul Mascot, winner of the Herbie P. Adderly Award 
for most attempted transfers, has been somewhat less 
than enthusiastic about the VMI system. He just hasn't 
been able to feel the ecstasy of having well-shined 
shoes or the pleasure of making a rat totally miser- 
able. Dedicating himself to learning, having a good 
time, cultivating friends, and pointing out the Insti- 
tute's countless absurdities, he has never been 
quite able to adjust. With a few more people like 
Paul, it is even possible that VMI might enter the 
20th century. 

A renowned foreign traveler always ready for new 
knowledge, Paul is planning a six week trip to Indian 
Town Gap this summer. He now is going with a 
young lady who, he says, is a real "humdinger." He 
eventually wants to attend law school and then go into 
politics. Hoping to be President one day, he swears 
that he will have the Institute burned down and the 
ground sown with salt. Good luck, Brother Rat, and 
God bless you. 

Stevirart Kirk Materne, Jr. 

English, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity Tennis— Captain, Varsity 
and Rat Track, Cadet Staff— Sports Editor, English 
Society, Timmins Music Society, Pioneer Investment 
Club— Sec. -Treas., Monogram Club, Head Cheerleader, 
Coo City 104. 

The Master "breezed" his way through VMI in a 
style all his own. Kirky possessed the uncanny ability 
of being able to beat the Institute. His large number 
of medical furloughs. Cadet furloughs, interview fur- 
loughs, and other superfluous permits will be a long- 
standing record During our Rat year the female popu- 
lation of the Old Dominion suffered along with our 
hero, but undaunted. Kirk was soon back in circulation 
and has since tried to make it up to the girls. Along 
with his carefree spirit and crazy antics, Kirky has his 
serious side, and he has made numerous contributions 
to VMI life. An avid sports fan, he served as sports 
editor for the Cadet, and as head cheerleader he 
always tried to keep school spirit at its peak. Kirk was 
also a participant in VMI athletics as he captained 
the tennis team for an unprecedented two years. Kirk 
has set his aims on the business world, and if he 
attacks it with the same enthusiasm that he has shown 
at VMI he will surely be a success, for "he never met 
a person he did not try to like." 

Capron, Virginia 

Waco, Texas 


Richmond, Virginia 

Lyndonville, New York 

San Jose, California 

Roslyn Heights, New York 

Paul Richard Mathewson 


Chemistry, Artillery, Pvt., CpL, Distinguished Military 
Student, Dean's List, Varsity Gymnastics, Rat Wrestling, 
ACS, Student Union — Financial Chairrran, Glee Club. 

"No, you don't seem to understand. Yes Sir, I am a 
freshman at this school and you must be one of the 
upperclassmen assigned to see that I get adjusted to 
life properly here at VMI. Now — there you go again 
with that 'Pull your chin in!' I thought I explained 
that. All right, I'm pulling my chin, already." 

Life at VMI began on a slightly sour note for this 
calm, reasoning Yankee. Taught by his brother, a '63 
Mink, and influenced by an alumnus, Paul found him- 
self at VMI with a slightly false impression of the 
Institute. However, these misconceptions were soon 
cleared up and he was off to a distinguished cadetship. 

First, his academic merit was recognized by the 
Ethyl Corporation and he gained possession of their 
scholarship. Its previous holder failed out of school. 
Seems the scholarship had a curse. Paul managed to 
break the curse, making Dean's List his second class 

However, his first class year was the height of his 
cadetship. He worked his way up to nearly the top of 
the Chemistry section and out to Hollins nearly every 

So as we depart, to Paul we say, "On to graduate 

Richard Alan Mattozzi 

"Rick" "Paison" "Hawk Eye" 

History, Air Force, CpL, Sgt., Lt., Varsity and Rat Vifres- 
tling. Sounding Brass, Fire Fighters, Who's Nobody 
Club — President, Intramural Coordinator. 

How does a person start out in this world? You 
definitely can't start out as a bright new shiny silver 
dollar. Every little tarnished penny eventually evolves 
into the finished product. For Rick there have been 
many pennies. Moments of frustration and moments of 
joy make up his experiences at VMI. Whether it has 
been the joy he has received from his academic pur- 
suits, cr his constant habit of falling asleep during the 
best part of a Saturday evening at some of the finer 
establishments in Lexington, Rick has managed to gain 
something of value from all of them. A sense of hu- 
mor — "yes", but beware of the black folder containing 
the inner-most thoughts of his free-wheeling subcon- 
scious. Spirit is fine, but being one of our better bro- 
ther rats, he has learned that spirits are better. Rick 
will become that silver dollar and then — beware, poor, 
innocent world. 

Robert Charles Maurer 

"Mini" "Bob" 

Economics, Artillery, CpL, Sgt., Lt. — Battalion S-3, Dis- 
tinguished Military Student, Distinguished Academic 
Student, Varsity Soccer Team, Rat Swimming, Lutheran 
Club, Cadet Assistant Economics Dept, English Society, 

In September 1965, Bob left his home, Barbara, and 
the Heights of Roslyn to follow the path of his brothers 
as a VMI cadet. After the effects of the Rat Line and 
the Rat swimming team wore off. Bob was on his way 
to excelling in both the academic and military worlds 
of VMI. Bob believes strongly in the Brother Rat sys- 
tem and the interdependence of roommates. Even as 
one of the top ranking economics majors and the Bat- 
talion S-3, he still found time to fill a half-back slot 
on the soccer team for the Big Red. It was here that 
Bob acquired his nickname as "the mini." But all his 
Brother Rats would agree that "the mini" is perhaps 
one of the biggest men at VMI. His rank stayed on his 
sleeve and didn't go to his head. He treated his Broth- 
er Rats with warmth no matter what rank they were 
and. because of this, he has gained a great deal of 
respect from all those with whom he has been asso- 
ciated. The job of taking care of his roommates has 
only taken Bob a short four years. Graduate school, 
marriage, and a happy life are in his near future. Best 
wishes and good luck from your roommates and 
Brother Rats. 

. THE I 

Michael Alan McCrory 


History, infantry, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Varsity Wrestling, Rangers, Fire Fighters, Who's Nobody 
Club, AFC, Cadet Guide, Lejeune Hall Receptionist, 147 
After-Taps Cocktail Club. 

Mike's cadetship has not been an easy one, be- 
cause for these past four years, he has been barely 
one step ahead of the Tac Staff. Despite his desire to 
become an Infantry officer, he has been in demerit 
trouble since his Rat year. Almost boned out of school 
that year, he obviously did not learn his lesson since 
he has gone excess every semester but one. Despite 
those long hours of P.T.'s, Mike has been able to 
lead an active and enjoyable "college life." Although 
his military bent directed him toward the Rangers for 
one year, he has generally been interested m the finer 
things of life. Most of all Mike has demonstrated 
time and time again, that the term "Brother Rat" has 
not lost its original meaning. Every Northern Virginian 
vifill remember the McCrory hospitality. Next year our 
boy will find himself trying to make the grade as a 
combat leader; there is no doubt that he will succeed. 

Lloyd Walter McGrady 


Biology, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Varsity Track, Varsity 
Baseball Manager, Rat Wrestling, VAS, FIP, Crows Nest 
32, Varsity Club, 1969 Spirit Committee. 

Someone once said that if there was a fault to find, 
someone would find it. Well, that's our Lloyd, only he 
seems to be doing too good a job. Dissatisfaction in 
academic pursuits, the military, or just anything, ex- 
emplifies his prominent traits. Yet we see in him, those 
of us who know him best, a genuine desire to over- 
come any and all obstacles — in his own way, of course. 
And we see also a dedication that will invariably lead 
to success in whatever he chooses to do. 

But, all work and no play was not for Lloyd. As he 
worked hard, so did he play hard — Crow's Nest and 
Thome Hill Estates, just to mention a couple. If there 
was a way for him to enjoy himself, Lloyd found it. 
For despite his ominous rumblings of unrest, there 
was to be found in him a certain "joie de vivre" too 
few people possess. Fly to the sky boy, you're almost 

William James McKelvey 


Biology, Armor, Pvt., Co-Capt. Varsity and Rat Rifle 
Team, Rifle and Pistol Club— Sec, All-Southern Con- 
ference, Va. State Intercollegiate Rifle Champion, 16th 
Place National Marksmanship Award, Dean's List. 

Willy entered VMI as that most pitiful of God's 
creatures — a son of an alumnus. He had heard only 
the good things about the old Institute, but soon 
learned that like everything else, VMI has two sides. 

He formed his plans for the future early, aiming at 
entering medical school. He realistically concentrated 
on his academics more than on the military aspects 
of VMI, realizing that an "A" in modern physics would 
help him more than shined shoes. 

Bill always found time to enjoy himself. Besides be- 
coming the best marksman the VMI rifle team ever 
had, he found limes for Johnny's checks, which put 
him in the proper mood for the "cultural" events at 
the "Pit." He even managed to hustle his roommates 
in the pool room in their spare time. 

Most important though, Bill managed to obtain what 
is an apparently elusive quality for most cadets — 

Fairfax, Virginia 

Front Royal, Virginia 

Belleville, Illinois 




Leavenworth, Kansas 

John Daniel McLaughlin, Jr. 


English, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Varsity and Rat Wrestling, 
Newman Club, Who's Nobody Club. 

"Little IVlac," that puny, emaciated Rat should have 
known that wrestling was not for him. But no,— he 
gathered up every ounce of courage and set out to 
ride that permit; and much to Mac's dismay, if was 
not the wrestling permit he ended up riding, but the 
gim. Emerging from his sickly condition his third class 
year, Mac acquired a new nickname— "Big Mac." 
Some say that "Big Mac" was just the result of a 
promotion in Mac's "General" family. But Mac, being 
ever so humble, did not expect special treatment as 
a general's son — just ask his roommates who have 
shined his shoes and brass for the last three years. 
Academics have been rough for John, but he has suc- 
cessfully thrashed through them. All his Brother Rats 
are sure that many fine things await him upon grad- 
uation (i.e.. Summer Camp) and they wish the very 
best of luck to a fine and understanding guy. 

Thomas Cole McLeod, Jr. 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Lt, ASCE, 
Ring Figure Magazine— Art Editor, IRC, AFC, Northern 
Virginia Club, Fire Fighters. 

T.C. carried on family tradition when he walked 
through Jackson Arch to taste the character building 
life of VMI. The prediction that says that almost every 
cadet who comes to VMI with a "running" girl gets 
shot-down by Christmas his Rat year came true for 
him. Although very disappointed at first, he says now 
that, "That was one of the best things that ever hap- 
pened to me." It's evident from his little black book 
that there's no one special female in T.C.'s life. 

Receiving the "Jimmy Clark Driving Award," faded 
into the background when a pretty little Hokie from 
VPI slipped his class ring on his finger during Ring 
Figure (VMI-12, VPI-10) his second class year. 

Tom has experienced almost every aspect of VMI 
life from confinement to rank and has spent many 
long hours in NEB with his slide rule. 

It can easily be said that success will be a common 
word in T.C.'s future, so, best wishes to a true friend 
and Brother Rat. 

Dan Scott McMlilln, Jr. 


Economics, Armor, Pvt., Tennis, Rat Fencing, Rat 
Tennis, IRC, Who's Nobody Club, Monogram Club. 

It was that infamous day of September 9, 1965, 
when Scotty "Jetset" McMillin entered Jackson Arch 
leaving behind his Chivas Regal, tennis racket, and 
the finer things of life. Complaining throughout his 
Rat year, he succeeded in remaining a private which 
was his fondest desire. As his Third Class year pro- 
gressed, his attentions turned to new and exciting 
things with the "maids of the mountains" and South- 
ern Seminary. However, his heart wasn't in it, and the 
fancy slowly waned. Directing his attentions to the 
PX and TV rooms, while occasionally studying, Scotty 
soon became a regular. 

Scotty will be remembered by his Brother Rats as 
one of those rare individuals whose knowledge and 
experience in the social set places him above the 
mere connoisseur, much less, cadet. He proved this 
his second class year by keeping the "gang" in Ber- 
muda in suspense with his ever changing apparel (files 
are available). 

As his senior year is coming to a close, Scotty is not 
looking back at the "good times" but forward, for he 
has great plans for the future. So make way, fair 
maidens, Scotty will leave VMI as one of those free 
and unattached Playboys soon to gain world acclaim. 
Good luck to a great guy; we're pulling for you! 

Malcolm Fraser McNeill 
"Rusty" "Red" "Mac" 

Mathematics, Navy, Pvt., Cpl., Ring Figure Magazine, 
Religious Council, Student Union— President, Hop Com- 
mittee—Vice President. RDC— Vice Ctiairman, Contact 
Committee, Concessions Council, Rangers, IRC, AFC, 
Manager Second Hand Clothing Store, Fire Fighters. 

Success at VMI is a much sought but seldom found 
commodity. For those who make the grade, there is 
a feeling of accomplishment to be found nowhere else 
in the world. For Rusty, it has been a long hard pull, 
but in the end, he has come out in command of the 

Rusty's Rat year held a hint of his promising cadet- 
ship as he rose to the position of first-ranking 
corporal in Delta Company. His ranking career was cut 
short by somewhat uncontrollable circumstances, but 
not to be outdone, he turned his efforts to other ac- 
tivities of the Corps. His leadership positions in the 
Cadet Union, RDC, and Hop Committee give evidence 
of his ability. 

Following in the footsteps of his dyke. Rusty is go- 
ing to be a Marine, with hopes of fulfilling his boy- 
hood dream of flying from a carrier. And rumor has it 
that he and Miss Linda are planning something for the 
future. But no matter what he does, we wish Rusty 
the best of luck and know that he will be a success 
in any field he chooses. 

Harold Graydon Mercer 

Mathematics, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Capt— CO Foxtrot 
Company, Distinguished Aerospace Student, Dean's List, 
FIP, YRC, Bermuda Club. 

The Northern Virginia whiz came to VMI with am- 
bitions of flying which were fulfilled after fighting 
Langley AFB for what seemed to be an eternity. As 
the result of a successful Rat year, rank entered his 
life. Being well-adapted to the "system," he eventually 
managed to trade corporal chevrons for those of a 
Cadet Captain. Life at VMI can often be very depress- 
ing, but Don never let it get him down. Rigid in his 
principles, yet humorous in their execution, he became 
the friend of both upper and lower classmen alike. To 
him there was a time for study and a time for play 
but nothing more soothing than his little ol' hay. 
Many a girl has tried to sink her hook, but bachelor- 
ism won't be traded for a family for a long time. 
Flight school and a possible Air Force career now 
await Don. Best of luck in the future, BR. 

John Charles Mitchell 


Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Academic 
Student, Who's Who, Rat and Varsity Basketball— Co- 
Captain, Rat Cross Country, Honor Court, Monogram 
Club — Vice President, Pioneer Investment Club, V.A. 

Saturated with confidence after being third runner 
up in Sheridan High's annual 'Mr. Basketball' selection, 
a contest including all eight members of the team, 
Mitch audaciously stepped into VMI's basketball pro- 
gram. John coasted thru his freshman year defying all 
'opportunities' to participate in the Rat Line. Never- 
theless, his superiors were impressed and as a result 
dubbed him with corporal stripes proclaiming him "one 
of their own." This distinction was soon removed and 
with a 'heavy heart,' Mitch had to settle for athletic 
and academic pursuits. Reluctant, however, to confine 
his talents to intangible objectives, John decided to 
devote his countless abilities to the social whirl of 
VMI, the results: academic stars and Co-Captain of 
the Keydet Netters. 

High ideals, ultimate goals, self-perfection and per- 
sonal sacrifice compose a profile which speaks for 
itself, John's character tolerates neither mediocrity 
nor waste, for he is always reaching for that eminent 
goal — an attribute which will pave its own road into 
the future. 

Sag Harbor, New York 


Annandale, Virginia 

Sheridan, Indiana 

Richmond, Virginia 

Elizabeth, New Jersey 

Wayne, New Jersey 

Graham Yount Moore, III 

Chemistry, Artillery, Cpl., Sgt, Capt.— CO Delta Com- 
pany, Distinguished Military Student, Distinguished 
Academic Student, Who's Who, Bomb Staff, ACS, Bap- 
tist Student Union, Ring Figure Committee, Cadet 

The dog days of September '65, inaugurated some 
sweeping changes for our man. You could say Gary's 
Rat year was a smooth one. Of course, there was that 
case of the unexplained excess of water in the rooms 
adjacent to 448 followed by the Commandant's review 
of Delta Company Rats the following morning. Finals 
came eventually and brought with it academic stars 
and corporal stripes. 

The rigors of Mallory Hall occupied most of Gary's 
time as a Third Classman. His association with Olym- 
pia proved successful thanks more to resolve than 
diplomacy and led to one more service stripe and a 
couple at shoulder level. 

That summer a very important person walked into 
his life. Ring Figure was to come and go, but Ellen 
was to become permanent. The Butcher tried and 
failed as Gary gained a fiancee and became a Cadet- 

A clear head and the patience of a saint are the 
ingredients of a Company Commander. Gary had both, 
as Delta Company was relieved to learn. 

Ellen and graduate school are most immediate in 
his plans, and if the past is truly an indication of the 
future, we need wish our friend no luck. On that 
commodity he owns the patent. We shall wish him 
happiness instead ... a cheerful, serene happiness. 

Rodler Frederick Morris 

"Uncle Rickie" 

History, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Military 
Student, Distinguished Academic Student, Rat Judo, 
English Society, YRC, Fire Fighters, AFC, Ring Figure 
Committee. Ghetto, Who's Nobody Club. 

The twenties had its "lost generation"; VMI had its 
Rick Morris. Rick came here with the desire to make 
the Army his career, and like many others, after one 
year of pseudo-military training and hours of empti- 
ness in the tool shed, he foreswore the army forever. 

His metamorphosis has been to the lasting benefit 
of VMI's academic life. The title, "intellectual," should 
not be bestowed lightly, for it represents the highest 
attainment in the pursuit of learning. In Rick's case, 
however, the word almost seems inadequate. Despite 
an often repressive system. Rick has strived without 
any extrinsic reward, to learn, savor and comprehend 
the intricate and complete realm of truth. 

His unassuming behavior belies his keen mind; his 
notebooks filled with doodles hide his attentiveness; 
and teachers who have noticed his tall frame sprawled 
lethargically in his chair cannot understand how he is 
able to receive the 'A's which they continuously give 
him. Thinker, scholar, and friend as well. Rick has left 
his indelible mark upon VMI. 

Thomas Joseph Morris 


Biology, Air Force, Lt., Rat and Varsity Judo Team — 
Captain, Aquatics Club, FIP. 

Tom entered VMI determined to play the game. The 
"good-tome thirds" were constantly trying to get Tom 
to hang loose — i.e., not to strain so hard, but alas, 
the rat kept his chin in which in turn kept him from 
all those nasty committees. His conscientious efforts 
resulted in few demerits. This coupled with a good 
attitude led him through the ranks to the position of 

Last spring, in story-book-style, Tom left VMI for 
Bermuda and returned one week later with stars in 
his eyes — those two years on the Judo Team had done 
him no good— he had no defense. A tough young 
woman named Gail threw Tom higher than any black 
belt ever could. 

As long as Tom continues to put forth the kind of 
effort he has while at VMI, we are sure he will succeed 
in whatever he wishes. 



Halcott Lawrence Moses 

History, Infantry, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Rifle Team- 
Captain, Dean's List, Ghetto Club, Who's Nobody Club. 

On September 9, 1965, a young man from southside 
Virginia entered Jackson Arch, He was the Institute's 
dream of a promising young cadet. With five years of 
military school and a proud tradition of short hair. 
how could he miss as a future military leader? How- 
ever, Hal's hair, by his third class year, had grown 
long, and he had joined the "Ghetto League" for the 
rest of his cadetship. 

Most of Hal's cadetship has been spent in the li- 
brary and in the weight room— interrupted by Saturday 
Night treks to Johnny's. After opening rounds with 
Trigonometry and Spanish, Hal has risen in the History 
Department to the Dean's List. 

The Institute must say good-bye to this man who 
may not have been reared in the molded image, but 
who will no doubt make it big in the outside world 
where true values count. 

Joseph Vincent Naselll 

History. Armor, Pvt., Sgt,. Bn. Sgt. Maj,, Distin- 
guished IVlilitary Student. Dean's List. Who's Who, Rat 
and Varsity Football, Rat and Varsity Track, Cadet 
Staff, Monogram Club, Newman Club, IGBA, Italian 

Certainly VMI's most valuable import, Joseppi has 
invaded Boobsville armed with a friendly smile and 
ample answers for all. His adjustment to our military 
environment is a legend in itself and the object of 
honest pride to his Brother Rats. 

Remember that day, when, amid the thunderous 
cheers of ratty brothers, the Italian broke from the 
Rat Line, and boldly went after the mini-terror. Perry? 

The story after his Rat year is indeed a legend. 
His record defies all statistics, and bounces bell- 
shaped curves out the window. His determination in 
academic endeavors has pushed him into the upper 
fifth of his class, earned him a D.M.S.. and a position 
on battalion staff. And we must add that this story 
of success has been recognized by those in far away 
lands, for Joe is now graduate school bound. 

However, in the finest tradition of a true Italian, 
Joe has seen fit to reveal to the world the real secret 
for all that he is — Diana, his ever-present, ever-loyal 

His popularity has gained him a niche in the 
heart of Dixieland and all those who know him. It is 
clearly obvious that we need not wish Joe luck, be- 
cause we are confident that his success at VMI will 
only be superceded by his success and happiness as 
the epitome of the citizen-soldier. Joe is a great friend 
for life, and will be one of the Institute's greatest 

Harold Everett Neale 

History, Infantry, Pvt., Golf Team, Ring Feature Mag- 
azine Staff, Bomb Staff — Advertising Manager, Political 
Science Society, Pioneer Investment Club, Delegate — 
West Point SCUSA, Library Assistant, Colts Fan, Hop 
Escort, Car Loan Shark, Armed Forces Club. 

Harold E. Neale — an imposing name for a cadet 
known universally as "Chunky." Even as a Rat, he 
had ideas — ideas not so much centering on personal 
success but on change for the Institute. But the In- 
stitute, as everyone knows, can withstand the attacks 
of even the most ambitious cadet. So Chunky resolved 
to work quietly. 

His work on several publications has been important, 
A salesman par excellence, he has pleaded, cajoled, 
even threatened many hitherto reluctant Lexingtonians 
into advertising in the Bomb and Ring Figure 

Thus Chunky — whether feeding adopted girls, play- 
ing golf at the Lexington Country Club, negotiating 
car loans or directing the public relations of the large 
and fast-growing VMI Iowa Club — typifies the hyper- 
active cadet. We feel, however that far too much of 
what Chunk has done has gone unnoticed. He for- 
ever worked, and happily, forever succeeded in making 
ours a better class. 

Richmond, Virginia 



Donald Francis Nelson 

"Don" "Rockman" 

Chemistry, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Gymnastics, 
Cadet Staff, ACS, Society of the Deltas, Hop and Floor 
Committee, Downtown Attiletic Club. 

This Brother Rat, lovingly known as "Rockman," 
came to Lexington from the little community of 
Ridgewood, Queens. 

He did well his first two years, and then in his 
second class year he was admitted to the elite "Society 
of the Deltas" because of distractions from Pittsburgh, 
Mary Baldwin, and Room 237. Ring Figure came, and 
although it was a little cold, he had one of the 
greatest times of his cadetship. 

The following summer he spent a few weeks with 
Brother Rats and GTM's in an exercise of military 
futility. His over-powering enthusiasm carried him 
through "IGMAR." 

Hard work, sacrifice and copping out on frivolous 
pleasures which might interfere with his graduation 
indicate his maturity and responsibility. Don will be 
a credit to VIVII, not just because of the luck we wish 
him but because of his ability. 

Thornton Ladd Newlon 


Economics, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Stu- 
dent, Distinguished Military Student, Political Science 
Society— Vice President, IRC— Vice President, Debate 
Team, Soccer Team, Economics Romper Room, Spirit 
Committee, Pioneer Investment Club, Richmond Ciub 
Ghetto, Bomb Staff— Associate Editor. 

On September 9, 1965, a small, low-hanging cloud 
floated through Jackson Arch. Three days later, when 
the tog cleared, we discovered that the cloud was 
actually a Brother Rat named Toolon. Since that 
tumultuous Rat year, this slightly befuddled scholar 
has been involved in the whole spectrum of academic 
life. Although an Economics major, Toolon has dis- 
played his versatility in other fields as well. Not one 
to simply study subjects, T.L. absorbs himself in 
them. Toolon's ability to solve the unsolvable is 
exemplified by his accomplishments. He has already 
mastered the "Circus," "Chinese Economics," and 
debating. Our man, however, isn't confined exclusively 
to the halls of Academic, he sometimes engages in 
the pastimes of ordinary mortals. His participation in 
the Letcher Avenue Surfing Association and the Pine 
Room Gang entitle him to lifetime memberships. 
Versatile, cheerful, ebullient— these are the adjectives 
that describe VMI's Toolon. With them, he can't miss 
in the world. 

Richard Earl Newsom 


History, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat Fencing, AFC, 
Who's Nobody Club, Mad Bomber, Rangers, Cadet 
Waiter, Library Assistant. 

After reading about VMI in some obscure biography 
about some equally obscure general, and being re- 
jected by West Point, Newse turned down a scholar- 
ship at the Citadel and came to VMI. Ten seconds 
after discovering VMI had a ratline, or more 
specifically, what a ratline was, he decided he was 
hopelessly trapped forever. 

It took over a year and a half for his Yankee 
stubbornness to admit that a military career was 
not suited for him. Then, following the tradition of 
his dyke, the immortal "Bromo," he dedicated his 
entire existence to proving that people in military in- 
stitutions are not necessarily shiny, military, gung-ho, 
etc., etc. 

Now, on the eve of graduation, his reflections of 
cadet life include a disappointment in not being an 
Economics major, a feeling of elation that the Army 
missed getting him, and blissful thoughts of chimes 
and arched sabers on his wedding day. 

We know that his penurious ways, his love of hard 
work, and Pat will get him far in this world. Good 
luck, Brother Rat. 

Nashua, New Hampshire 

Bruce Arthur Noel 


Economics, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Bomb Staff, Glee 
Club, Pioneer Investment Club, Finance Committee — 
Chairman, Hop and Floor Committee. 

From the very beginning of our third class year, 
Bruce earned a reputation as the "worker bee" of 
the class. His primary contribution, that of Class 
Financial Chairman, was indispensable. Without this 
experienced banker with his eye for handling money. 
Ring Figure Weekend may have been a financial 
disaster, but Bruce pulled us through with incredible 
ease, A harrl worker, he keeps his nose to the already- 
worn grindstone. One of the better dressed cadets 
when off Post, Bruce has acquired an affinity for 
ties, a habit he has never been able to unknot. 
There is no doubt that with Bruce's friendly nature, 
he will do well in the banking world. 

Corville Joseph Nohava 

"Corv" "Chief" "Indian" 

Modern Language, Air Force, Pvt., Bomb Staff, IRC, 
Who's Nobody Club, Ghetto, Tidewater Club. 

Out of the primordial spray of the Tidewater swamps 
there arose a true native son of the great Kahuna in- 
tent upon taking on the whole VMI system. How and 
why this independent liberal thinker came here will 
forever be shrouded in mystery, but his effect upon 
the tradition and the system is evident. A liberal 
artist with a knack for "hydraulics," he has often 
expressed his displeasure against some of the small 
minded and impractical supporters of the status quo. 
Oftentimes he has fought a one man battle, some- 
times succeeding and at other times faltering. His 
perseverance has shown in other aspects of cadet 
life as well. Fervently loyal to his friends and in- 
defatigable in his attempts to get the most out of 
life, he has incurred the respect, often grudgingly. 
of even his enemies. Corville's achievements at VMI 
cannot be measured accurately by grade point aver- 
age, rank, or class standing. His has been a personal 
victory which needs none of the affectations of our 
society. No one knows what the future holds in store 
for Corv, but he is sure to succeed. For he is not 
one to look for an easy way out and he never 
allows misfortune get him down. 

Frank Elmer Novakowski 


Biology, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Capt.— Battalion Com- 
mander, Distinguished Aerospace Student, Who's Who, 
Lutheran Club, Scuba Club, Aquatic Club, Scouters 
Club. Class Research Committee, Soccer Club, Recep- 
tionist, Corps Building Staff. 

The "Pollock" entered VMI fully "knowledgeable" 
of what was about to take place and accompanied 
with a desire to do well. He remained unknown 
throughout most of his Rat year, expending nearly 
all of his energy on weekly trips to Southern Seminary. 
His third class year resulted in more reknown, 
especially in Charlie Company and among Rats, and 
a deepening interest in a particular member of the 
opposite sex. Frank's second class year was high- 
lighted by Ring Figure, which indicated he had 
achieved his principle desire to do well. His final 
year has been characterized by plans to enter the 
Air Force after graduation as well as an increase in 
his wardrobe some ten-fold, to the dismay of those 
contributing privates. 

There is no doubt in our mind that whether Frank's 
future holds a life as a hospital administrator, or 
whatever, he will succeed completely and be a credit 
to VMI. 

Farmville, Virginia 

Norfolk, Virginia 

Fairfax, Virginia 

Bon Air, Virginia 

Roanolte, Virginia 

Donald O'Hara Nuttall 


Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Distin- 
guished Military Student, Varsity and Rat Rifle Team, 
IVloncgram Club, ASCE, Wesley Foundation, Society for 
the Preservation of Quiet on Sunday Mornings. 

In the early morning hours the spectre of warmed- 
over death can be seen looming about. But wait! 
It's Don Nuttall, the fierce crusader for truth, justice, 
sports cars, and Marvel Comics. Don came as a 
"Gung-ho" RA, infantry, physics major, but he soon 
made some drastic changes. After changing to CE, 
with time in as a corporal and sergeant, Don began 
to mellow. He no longer wanted to kill, even if he 
was on the rifle team. Don "let his hair down," 
so to speak, at the end of his third class year. A 
certain girl may have had a great influence on him 
at that time. He decided to become a lover, not a 
fighter. But lovers have to eat, so Don has set his 
sights on an engineering career in the civilian world. 


Josiah Jefferson Oliver 

"Joe" "J.J." 

Electrical Engineering Artillery, Pvt., IEEE, Barracks 

He came, he stayed, and he left with a diploma. 
While he was here, "J.J." managed somehow to stay 
a private all four years, and he did his part to 
maintain the image of the privates. His only claim 
to fame, like one of his roommates from his Rat year, 
was that he didn't carry a rifle to military duties 
either, but "J.J." got paid for not carrying it. 

Thomas Preston Painter 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Track, 
ASCE, Ghetto, IG.B.A., Monogram Club. 

The 9th of September 1965 will go down in history 
as the day VMI inherited that dynamic package of 
rippling steel and sex appeal disguised as T.P. Painter. 

Early in his Rat year Preston found his place at 
the end of the under-path in the plush confines of the 
high jump pit. Awakening from the reclining drudgery 
of endless practice sessions, T.P. reached his peak his 
junior year by placing second in the big dual meet 
with Tennessee. Ah, such glories untold! 

Rarely does one emerge from the womb of the ole 
high school days, advance into the jaws of VMI and 
retain the same sweetheart of six years past. This can 
be credited as one of T.P.'s greatest achievements. 

Preston will always be known as a quiet man with 
a strong will to succeed. VMI was fortunate to inherit 
such a man as this. 


Thera Omar Palmer, III 

"T.O." "Omar" 

History, Artillery, Pvt., Tidewater Club, Spirit Commit- 
tee, Ghetto, Co-Chairman of Confinement Club, Hike 
and Gun Club, Young Republicans, I.G.B.A. 

In September 1965, the Institute made an error it 
will always regret in allowing Thera Omar Palmer to 
register. Following in his father's footsteps, Omar 
treaded his way down the Rat Line and into the open 
arms of trouble. He made himself thoroughly familiar 
with the various student government organizations on 
campus and became an almost permanent fixture in 
the Commandant's Office. From clearing a foggy wind- 
shield in the Tidewater bus his Rat year by breaking 
it and being one of the cadets most sought after and 
highly respected by the young ladies of Southern Sem 
to racking up confinement and demerits (E.G., G.C., 
fight! team! fight!), T.O. has surpassed all records. 

By Ring Figure of T.O.'s second class year he de- 
cided to go civilian and left early for Christmas. 
VMI's loss was Planters' Peanuts gain. He returned at 
semesters to find himself on the Superintendent's 
Championship Team playing for his diploma against 
heavy odds. 

Omar's first class year has been greatly subdued due 
to three month's confinement, however, he did find 
time to dine with Colonel Reeves one Saturday night 
resulting in acute indigestion. 

It the future is dim for Omar, it is black for ttie 
world. Bowed but unbeaten, T.O. will always be in 
the game: give 'em hell and GOOD LUCK TOP, you'll 
undoubtedly have it. 

Sumner Malone Parham, Jr. 

"Panda Bear" 

Chemistry, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat and Varsity 
Golf, Varsity Swimming — Assistant Manager, Rat Swim- 
ming, Cadet Staff, ACS, Cadet Battery, Who's Nobody 
Club, Senior Research Thesis, Ghetto. 

VMI was fortunate to receive this native son of the 
Tar Heel State. Malone came to VMI with aspirations 
of becoming a doctor and his many hours in organic 
lab will attest to his desire. Despite a rigid academic 
program and many battles with the system, he has 
managed to intersperse his cadetship with many ac- 
tivities. An avid golfer, an insatiable drinker and con- 
noisseur of the finer things in life, he has enjoyed 
these four years to the fullest. Most important of all, 
Malone will always be remembered for his sense of 
humor which has brightened up many gloomy days in 
barracks, and for his sincerity, as all his Brother Rats 
will vouchsafe. He has proved himself a true friend to 
all his classmates, willing to help them whenever he 
can. One day the right girl will come along and add 
the final touch to his promising future. 

Benjamin Alger Parks 


Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
AFC, Fire Fighters, Who's Nobody Club. 

"The Many Loves of Ben" could be the title of a 
history of his cadetship. He first came here with one 
girl and one idea, to get rank. These two things were 
scon to change. Over the course of his four years, Ben 
was to change girls many times, and each time he 
found a new one, it was true love. But his hope of 
attaining rank has never faltered. Now in his first class 
year, he is the person who is always called on to stand 
in for any ranker who happens to have better things to 
do. Although he did not get rank in the Corps, he did 
get his R.A. commission (Corps of Engineers?). Now as 
he enters a life in the Army, we hope that his experi- 
ences as a stand-in ranker will stand him in good 
stead. Then there was that blind date he had to be 
persuaded to take. 

Alexandria, Virginia 


Vinton, Virginia 

Graham Martin Parks 


Economics, Armor, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Military 
Student, Dean's List, BSU, Glee Club, AFC, YRC. 

Following a first year full of turmoil, doubts, and 
common sorrows, Marty gradually managed to shed his 
rat year blues in favor of an attitude of resignation. 
Although much of his stay at VMI has been less than 
pleasant, he has managed to bolster drab cadet life 
with humor, hijinx, and young ladies. With regard to 
the ladies, Marty has exhibited a wide range of tastes, 
having dated only one girl more than once while at 
VMI. Nonetheless, for a lad from the confines of south- 
west Virginia, he has developed into a veritable sophis- 
ticate. This is not to say that he has neglected VMI's 
demands, for each year he has managed to hold rank 
along with a Dean's List average. 

With the army and/or graduate school ahead, Marty's 
future presents him with a new challenge which is as 
formidable now as VMI was four years ago. If he meets 
this challenge as well as he has met the Institute's 
onslaughts, a large measure of success will certainly 
be achieved. 

Robert Auburn Parrish 


Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished 
Military Student, Dean's List, Varsity Football, ASCE, 
ACS, Cadet Waiter, Fire Fighter. 

Bob Parrish holds the "honor" of being the only 
Brother Rat of the Class of '69 to transfer into the 
Civil Engineering Department. In his four years at VMI, 
"Cobb" has proven that he is not afraid to work. Much 
of his cadetship was spent in the Barracks study room 
after taps, dodging the OCMNI and preparing for the 
next day's classes. One of his more memorable events 
here was the day he got authorized late study. Despite 
his many hours behind the books, Rob has taken time 
to befriend all. Rob is the epitome of sincerity in all 
that he does. This combination of perserverance and 
personality indicates that life after VMI will be 100% 
successful for Rob. 

William Aubrey Paulette 


Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., Varsity Football, Varsity 
and Rat Baseball, ASCE, Monogram Club, I.G.B.A. 

Our Bunny came to the Institute determined to get 
the most out of VMI's three virtues: the military, ac- 
ademic, and athletics. Somehow, though, the order of 
these "character building" pursuits got rearranged. He 
has preserved the honor of the room on the football 
field and the baseball diamond, and has even made 
NEB proud with his latest academic achievements. 
Military speaking, though, our representative from 
South Hill has let the Institute down. The length of 
his hair is topped only by that of the girls he occasion- 
ally sees on Saturday night. Bunny really started living 
at the Institute when he joined the 325 Club. It was 
the beginning of many devious plans to find loopholes 
in the "System." Before he moved down to the Ring 
Figure stoop. Bunny had found his old high school 
sweetheart and since then NCW and VMI have become 
as close as a letter. 

Our South Hill Rat has the potential to go far. With 
slide rule and sports page in hand, he can conquer the 
world. With best wishes, we turn a great roommate 
and true friend over to the world, and to a certain 
blonde who lives on Brunswick Avenue. 

South Hill, Virginia 



John Montgomery Pearson 
"Pig Pen" 

Electrical Engineering, Navy, Pvt., IEEE, Gymnastics 
Club, Cadet Waiter, Kneewalkers, Senior Balcony, 

Despite the bold opposition of ttie Superintendent, 
the Commandant's office, his academic department and 
the Air Science Department, it seems as though John 
will graduate and be commissioned. The four year 
struggle to break John most assuredly slowed him 
down: academic probation, conduct probation, endless 
confinement, penalty tours, along with Air Force dis- 
enrollment. But he has never faltered, gaining in sum- 
mer schools, and numerous undetected activities like 
the D.C. Transit. BYOL after taps, and the Cherry Blos- 
som Parade. Still an E E and seeking a commission in 
the Navy, he is accomplishing the improbable against 
overwhelming odds. There is no doubt that John's 
future will require a struggle but doubtless he will, 
ultimately, succeed. 

Jacob Carpenter Pence, III 

"Jerry" "J.C." 

History, Armor, Pvt,, Benevolent Society for the Ad- 
vancement of Welsh Indian Refugees, 

"Where are you from. Rat?" "McGaheysville, Va., 
sir!" With this question and answer session completed, 
Jerry ambled into the oblivion of VMI, Actually, he 
isn't from McGaheysville. but that's the nearest post 
office. Through this arch was the final step in a series 
of events that began with that fateful "college night" 
at Montevideo High School when Jerry didn't go but 
his mother did. Finally the big day came when that 
letter arrived announcing to Jerry and all of the world 
his appointment to the Corps of Cadets at VMI. Finally 
the glorious day — September 9, 1965 — arrived, and 
Jerry was dumped at Jackson Arch by his parents. He 
received among other things that day, two pairs of 
socks, and his first meal at the famous VMI mess hall. 
His career at VMI has been highlighted by being ap- 
prehended deserting company room, by the formation 
of the McGaheysville-Lovingston axis, by failure to at- 
tend his own Ring Figure because it wasn't worth the 
trouble, and by a very, very short career in summer 
school '68. Favorite saying: "The snake fell out of the 
tree on the baby and ate him." Think the Army has 
a chance? 

James Anthony Pennline 


Mathematics, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Academic 
Student, Sigma Pi Sigma — Secretary, Mathematical 
Association of America, Soccer, Gymnastics Club. 

As an energetic, albeit mixed-up "matriculee," "the 
liner" hailed from Monessen, Pa., and had decided that 
he just had to be a real cadet. 

At any rate, the "Liner" threw himself into academ- 
ics and when not studying math, he was studying 
physics. His success in both is obvious from the gold 
star on his sleeve. 

But Jim had his problems, too. among them rat- 
swimming. Ring Figure, and the History Department. 
In total agreement with his shadow-twin "Mini." Jim 
says that one thing he has missed in this life is 
women; and yet we are sure that by our 5th reunion 
or so he will have had his second date. 

Springfield, Virginia 


McGaheysville, Virginia 

Monessen, Pennsylvania 

Richmond, Virginia 

Ciaritsviile, Virginia 

Vance John Petrella 


Biology, Artillery, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Military 
Student. Dean's List, Cadet Staff, Newman Club, Rich- 
mond Club, Cadet Battery, Who's Nobody Club, Fire 

The Wop. as VJ is known to many of us. is willing 
to do anything to help someone, whether it be a 
brother rat or a rat, and this has made Vance many 
true and lasting friendships. Due to his concern for 
Nevt Cadets. VJ gained the title of "Mama." None of 
us who were there will forget cadre for the Class of 
'71 when Vance as a cadre sergeant stood in the mid- 
dle of the new courtyard, which was filled with 
rats, and tried to teach them school songs. V.J. is 
also known for his strict compliance with regulations. 
Take, for example, the time he changed rooms while 
he was under room confinement, and found it neces- 
sary to have the OD. Regimental S-1, and the President 
of the Honor Court preside over the ceremony. As a 
biology major, Vance has prepared himself for a med- 
ical career, and we wish him the best of luck as he 
seeks this goal. 

John Algernon Pond 

"Al" "Big A" 

Civil Engineering. Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Dean's List, Dis- 
tinguished IVlilitary Student, ASCE, ASCE Yearbook- 
Editor, RDC, Class Finance Committee, Tidewater Club 
Cadet Battery, Ghetto. 

Farm boys aren't what they used to be. This slow 
talking, fast moving, country boy found nothing 
he couldn't handle at VMI. either in the halls of 
N.E.B.. or on the dance floor of the Pine Room. 

Rank held an important place in Al's cadetship. He 
was a corporal for nearly two months! Then, realizing 
the importance of a cadet corporal, asked to be retired 
to the greater rank of private, an honor held by only 
the most respected cadets. 

Although women were his major interests, the BIG 
A found a little time for study, finishing high in the 
C.E, curriculum and making Dean's List his last two 

A Tidewater Club party standout for all four years, 
he was a mainstay of the Virginia Beach summer 
scene. Can one sentence describe the Wakefield Flash? 
Simple — Nothing succeeds like success! 

John Thurston Pool, Jr. 

"Poo Poo" 

Economics. Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Sup. Sgt.. Rat Baseball. 
Hop and Floor Committee, Ring Committee. 

John Pool came to VMI from the booming metrop- 
olis of Clarksville, Virginia, a town that has produced 
some of VMI's finest. "Thurston" has two notable dis- 
tinctions. First, he'd be the best dressed guy in the 
class if we didn't wear uniforms, for his meager 
wardrobe takes up the civilian clothes locker and more. 
Second, he's the ladies' man of Southside. Virginia. The 
list of girls he's dated in the last four years is bigger 
than his wardrobe. Here's hoping you catch that one 
that got away. 

There's no doubt at all; he is success looking for a 
place to happen. Good luck, John. 



Jess Averette Powell, ill 


Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Varsity and Rat Track, Manager Varsity Baseball, Rat 
Basketball, VAS, 1969 Spirit Committee— Chairman, 
Crow's Nest, No. 1 Club, I.G.B.A. 

When the Class of '69 took over VMI in September 
of '65, "Brother Jess" arrived late! This was quite 
typical of his cadetship. 

Jess started out strong his third Class year trying 
to make a good showing in the real estate business 
(Crow's Nest). Brother Jess has never been lonely 
through his cadetship (except this winter) because he 
always seems to have a girl, no matter who she 
belongs to! 

He had to foreclose his real estate business through 
his rather convincing talks with Colonel Reeves, but 
this did not deter him from his usual social rampage. 
Early in November, Jess acquired a new love "the 
Plant," although his permit was disapproved to keep 
her, (he kept it.). 

His final year he headed the 1969 Spirit Committee 
and once again re-entered the real estate business 
(Thorn Hill). One thing for sure, wherever you saw 
Jess you saw Brother Dave! 

The "Athens Ace" has been a great friend these 
four years. '69 wishes you the best and we know you 
will make a fine doctor! 

John Dietrich Power 


Biology, Air Force, CpL, Regimental Color Sgt., Virginia 
Academy of Science, Young Republicans, Ghetto, Dean's 
List I.G.B.A. 

The trip from the hills of nearby Lynchburg to the 
city of Lexington takes about an hour. That is, if you 
don't have John and his roadmap along to navigate. 
Our young Biologist endured the rigors of the "Rat 
Line" much to the amusement of his roommates, be- 
cause he was "brought up right." In the course of 
that barbed year he developed that calm manner for 
which he has become well-known. Consistency, hard- 
work, and good fortune have characterized his cadet- 
ship and should signal success for him in the 
field of medicine. John has certainly added to the 
richness of our class memories with his own unique 
brand of behavior and character. Oh, there was a 
certain girl who came into his lite his third class year 
who seems to have had a lasting influence. . . . 

Walter Irving Priest, III 


Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Soccer, VAS, Newman Club, Tidewater Club — President, 
Scuba Club, Scouters Club, Fire Fighters. 

A life is worth living. How do you transplant it in 
the concrete here and see it grow and laugh? Well, a 
lot of it was really hard to take. 

But then for you the joy of being alive couldn't al- 
ways be handled with a grin. So just yell out. In front 
of the guard room, if you like. Go icebreaking in a 
sailboat in a howling winter wind. 

Wip, the gracious maitre d' of the Tidewater Club. 
Yeah, in spite of the time you spend getting here, the 
party radiates around you. 

You've got the woods and fields in your blood. You 
can make things grow. Your biology will never stay on 

Somehow, man, you've got the sense God was sup- 
posed to give everybody. You can say something, mean 
it, and people can set their clocks by it. 

Yeah, Old VMI. Old CCQ, parties, PT's and the 
soccer power of the South. There were coffee and 
cigarettes. I'll never forget. 

After all these things you get to clank around in 
those tanks. But don't stop there even if it is fun. 

When you get everything done that you've got to do, 
I guess you will be in the marsh before dawn with a 
spirited retriever and a flask of the finest Scotch. 

Athens, Tennessee 

Lynchburg, Virginia 

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Norfolk, Virginia 


Reed Davy Prugh 


Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Distinguished Military 
Student, Rat Wrestling, Bomb Staff— First Class Editor, 
Hop and Floor Committee, Ring Figure Committee, 
YRC, Soul Kings, Ski Club— Co-Chairman, Who's Nobody 

The old master from Dayton resigned himself to a 
life without the aesthetic pleasures of the past and 
submitted, although not enthusiastically, to the some- 
what modified academic environment of his newly 
found home. Although the Institute has been said to 
have a unique effect on everyone it consumes, it ap- 
parently had little on Dave. After accumulating a re- 
spectable grade point average, he decided other 
aspects of his existence needed improvement. 

Spending many hours researching the opportuni- 
ties available at a score of girls' schools by tele- 
phone, which he thoughtfully billed home, he origi- 
nated the locally renowned Green Valley Motel Parties, 
and developed a wide variety of applications to meet 
every need. For the same ultimate purpose he initiated 
the VMl Skiing Club which also met with considerable 
success although a little more subtly. 

After graduation Dave will tackle Medical School 
with the same attitudes and inventiveness that he 
applied to his four years here. There is little doubt 
that we'll see him again . . . probably in a snow- 
covered chalet at Aspen, mending broken bones and 
broken hearts. 

George Nicholas Psimas, Jr. 


Biology, Navy, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Rat Indoor and Outdoor 
Track, Cadet Staff, Class Committee — Co-Chairman, 
RDC — Secretary, Hop Committee — Property Manager, 
Floor Committee, VAS, Ski Club— Co-Chairman, EIH. 

Well, VMl, what in the world? 

In the ordinary and commonplace occurrences of 
everyday (whew!) life here, there is one guy who seems 
to make his way impervious to the vacuum effect. 

A refreshingly different viewpoint a taste for she- 
nanigans, a sense of the unusual and amazingly sen- 
sible. Scratch the surface and find a quicksilver imag- 
ination, deep and supple. He probably never said "do 
your own thing" but his life shouts it. 

Hey, is that a Greek? 

And if knowing him could tell you anything it might 
be that you don't have to be stupid to enjoy yourself. 
Surf or ski for a season, be a Battalion S-3 one sea- 
son, join the Navy if you like, hell, read a book. 

Learn what makes sense, and what you know, 
know! The grades will take care of themselves. Study 
biology and have an avid interest in absolutely every- 

Sometimes it seems that with Nick, the only pattern 
is a consistent lack of any. Somehow unique un- 
shackled thinking can thrive in the tedium here. This 
guy did it. 

Well Nick, I don't know what's going to happen 
now; I don't think it will be dull, and you'll have a 
good time. 

James Ashland Purycar 


Civil Engineering, Armor, Cpl., Sgt., Capt. — CO Bravo 
Company, Distinguished Military Student, Rat Cross 
Country, Rat Indoor and Outdoor Track, ASCE, IRC, 
Class Committee, Hop and Floor Committee. 

As Autumn descended upon Virginia back in '65, 
"Little Jap," following on the footsteps of his (good) 
two (me) cousins, trudged through the arch. But here 
the path forked; on one side, grub and married, on 
the other, cadet captain and lover. Being the leader 
that he is, Jimbo took the best (?) of both, captain 
and hooked. And as the years passed, Jimbo became a 
familiar figure around Lexington, and so did Malda, 
the proud possessor of a four year hop ticket. 

The other half of his cadetship was divided among 
NEB, the barracks study room, and his hayrack, but 
he still found time to be a BR, and we wish him all 
the luck after graduation — even if he happens to win 
the five dollars. 

Clarksville, Virginia 


Michael Joseph Ragland 


English, Infantry, Pvt., Regimental Sup. Sgt., Distin- 
guished Military Student, Rat Social Committee, 
Rangers, Fire Fighters, Who's Nobody Club, AFC. 

Mike's cadetship has been characterized by three 
main factors; excellence in the military aspects of 
cadet life, a striving for academic competence, and 
Rose. As the gung-ho son of an alumnus, Mike has 
always been an example of military perfection while 
never allowing his ranker qualities to alienate him 
from his Brother Rats. After the difficult period of 
transition from Biology to English, Mike's efforts in 
the scholarly pursuits have finally led him to that 
coveted diploma. Rose, the third, though by no means 
the least of Mike's motivational factors, has had a 
profound influence upon him these last two years. 
An unofficial sweetheart of C Company, Miss Higgins 
has been a standard feature at VMI, bearing up well 
to the idiosyncrasies of dating a cadet. We are cer- 
tain that success and happiness will accompany Mike 
and Rose wherever they may go. 

Timothy James Rahm 


History, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Distinguished Academic Student, Who's Who, Rat and 
Varsity Swimming. Ring Figure Magazine— Editor, Cadet 
Staff, Newman Club, Honor Court, Timmins Music 
Society, Iowa Club — President. 

Loose, lanky, and imperturbably calm, TJ invented 
self-confidence. The Orientals say the sacred word, 
OM, for peace and tranquility. The West, however, 
can use a new word — RAHM. Tim never finds it nec- 
essary to assert himself. Brother Rats and under 
classmen are invariably attracted to this man with 
his quiet knowledge and subtle intellect. Always busy, 
he still finds time to help others. Often, he solves 
problems with a unique brand of common sense and 
originality. But, it is TJ's academic brilliance that 
leaves one in wonder. It has been impossible for him 
to hide this excellence. Only after looking beyond 
his self-effacement do teachers discover his true 
worth. Tim unconsciously has carried out Shaw's ad- 
vice: he hasn't let education get in the way of his 
learning. For Tim, knowledge is not simply a fool of 
academic prowess. It is a means to both self-knowl- 
edge and aesthetic appreciation. This personable and 
sincere lowan will find no trouble in a world anxious 
for individual strength and integrity. 

Nicholas Walker Raymond 

English, Infantry, Pvt., Newman Club, AFC, Color 
Guard, '/RC, Who's Nobody Club, Fire Fighters, North- 
ern Virginia Club. 

Incredible is one way of describing Nick's cadet- 
ship. Nick is just one of those guys who doesn't 
consider the Institute as much of an obstacle to his 
hedonistic ways. Obviously finding that the military 
was not his natural calling, he devoted his efforts to 
Johnny's, the CI, Patty, and his hay. The miracle of 
miracles was that Nick made it through his Rat year, 
despite some heated moments with the Institute. 
Having developed a distaste for regimentation, Nick 
came back with the notion of defeating the Com- 
mandant's Office, but the bone sheets, specials, and 
a trip across the parade ground leaves one a little 
dubious. Pattv has gotten herself a pretty good bundle 
of problems in Nick, but it looks as if he is going 
to pull himself out of it again. The Class of '69 gives 
you their best wishes. Nick, as you leave these 
hallowed halls. 

Richmond, Virginia 

Des Moines, Iowa 

Dunn Loring, Virginia 


Roanoke, Virginia 

Charlottesville, Virginia 




William David Reld 

Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Base- 
ball, Newman Club, ASCE — Sports Reporter, Roanoke 
Club, Monogram Ciub, No. 1 Club, I.G.B.A. 

"Brother Dave" entered the College of Civil Engi- 
neering at the VMI in September 1965. His first fun- 
filled year here, highlighted by several trips to the 
RDC, concluded with his earning a pitching position 
on the Rat baseball team. He did well enough to come 
back and become a record-holder in the Conference 
his second year. 

Realizing that "nothing is too good for my room- 
mates," he was happy when, during his third class 
year, he found a "good buddy" at Sem. Although she 
is now in North Carolina, Jan just can't seem to stay 
away from VMI. (Of course she won't be up this win- 
ter!). Jan was always able to keep him out of trouble 
(except when he calls the OC and when he is with 
Brother Jessie). 

David became part of the "fearsome foursome" his 
second class year. We have been through a 'lot" to- 
gether these past two years, and, because of these 
experiences, we know he will be ready and able to do 
well after graduation. 

Burkett Armistead Rennolds, Jr. 


Mathematics, Infantry, Pvt., Rat Cross Country, Ghetto. 

When Barracks opened its gates to the Rats in 
September 1965, VMI inherited the greatest maverick 
of all times — Burkett Armistead Rennolds, Jr. The 
military did not bother BA nor did academics — in fact 
nothing did. From accumulating zero demerits to avoid- 
ing the usual character building session his Rat year, 
BA developed himself into a true phantom. He became 
so adept at being unobtrusive that his instructors 
failed to appreciate his finer points — hence four 
straight summer schools. It was noticed his third class 
year, and subsequently proven the next two years, that 
BA was shooting for the coveted Serta Perfect Sleeper 
award. When BA could manage to stay awake, he 
developed his other major talent — cards. The truly 
amazing thing is that BA never allowed success to 
swell his head. He remains the same simple, sleepy 
winner he was when he arrived. 

Should BA finally escape VMI he can look back with 
pride knowing he was the only cadet ever to spend 
most of his cadetship horizontally. Good luck in the 
future and may BA always hold a royal straight flush. 

Thomas Joseph Reynolds, II 

"Teeny Bopper" 

Civil Engineering, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distin- 
guished Aerospace Student, Rat and Varsity Wrestling, 
ASCE, Newman Club, Religious Council, Monogram 
Club, AFC, Soccer, Who's Nobody Club. 

On September 9, 1965, "Bopper" came to the In- 
stitute at the ripe old age of 17. T.B. has been in- 
volved with one form of flying or another his v.-hole 
cadetship. He just barely "aced" his Rat year by mak- 
ing the final meeting of the RDC for his fifth trip up. 
He attended this meeting at the request of the whole 
Committee. He has "hit the silk" on several occasions 
prior to certain weekends during the year. T.B. went 
out for the wrestling team his rat year in order to sit 
on training tables, and stayed with it the rest of his 
cadetship for lack of anything else to do during the 
winter. He started out in Civil Engineering Section 14 
and is one of the few surviving members. Obtaining 
rank by forfeit his Third Class year, he rose from last 
ranking in the Corps to Charfie Company XO. 


Springfield, Virginia 


Scott Fountain Rhodes 


Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Dean's List, VAS, Baptist Stu- 
dent Union, FCA, Ring Figure Committee, Ghetto. 

In the beginning was VMI and in the beginning was 
Scott Rhodes, or at least it seems that way. 

Scott, who can't be fed enough to fill him, can't do 
enough for you. He's always been around when some- 
one needed help, griping in his own inimitable way, 
but only letting you know that he's there. 

Scottie tried his sifill at moose hunting his rat year, 
but was shot by the "Moose" instead. His third class 
year found him a pillar of thought and scientific 
method as he made the Dean's List. He put the fol- 
lowing summer aside to become a "summertime cow- 
boy" working with the Indians in South Dakota. 

Scott entered his first class year ready to do Honor 
work in biology, a continuation of an outstanding 
record, both in academics and outside. 

Now as you prepare to face the "outside" may 
everything go your way. Do there as you've done here, 
and you'll go all the way to the top. Good luck. 
Brother Rat. 

Henry Carl Riegler, III 


Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Swimming, 
Monogram Club. 

One of the few men in barracks with the attributes 
of a mushroom-shaped cloud, Henry Riegler has man- 
aged to attain a unique position within the VMI Corps. 
He has managed to incorporate the meekness of a 
lamb, the ferocity of a lion, the agility of a charging 
rhinoceros, the credulity of a four-year old, and the 
slapstick of Stan Laurel into one diverse, well-inte- 
grated entity. "Lunchbox," as he is affectionately 
termed by his cohorts of the swimming circle and 
others who know him well, has avoided the multiple 
slings and arrows of the Institute with remarkable con- 
sistency, due probably to the oblivious attitude which 
he holds toward all the immediate manifestations of 
the Establishment (and everything else, for that mat- 
ter). He has gone through things, unknowingly, which 
would have left a lesser man broken and bleeding. 
Those who know him realize his unflinching devotion 
to the things which he considers important. There is 
no more willing friend in barracks than he, and the 
swimming team has no member more dedicated. Hen- 
ry, "bulluschynus," card sharp, benign mahatma, 
G.A.S., and occasional bundle of nerves, is sincere 
and good natured. 

Lawrence Frederick RIegner 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Cpl., Pvt., ASCE, Lutheran 
Club— Treasurer, AFC, YRC, Cadet Battery, Bowling 
League, Northern Virginia Club, Who's Nobody Club, 
Fire Fighters. 

The Class of '69 has people from all over the United 
States including a "few" from Virginia. Larry is one of 
the "few" from Virginia. For two years Larry slaved in 
the civil engineering curriculum without any diversions. 
But Larry, early in his Second Class year, he decided 
that all work was making him a dull boy, so he got 
himself a diversion. This diversion became a disruption, 
then the disruption became a romance, and the ro- 
mance became an engagement. It appears to his broth- 
er rats that this minor diversion is about to turn into a 
postgraduation marriage. May he and Suzie be happy 


Alexandria, Virginia 


John Edwards Rabins, Jr. 


Mathematics, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity Fenc- 
ing, Cadet Staff, Bomb Staff, IRC, Political Science 
Society, Computer Assistant, Marshall Library Assistant, 
United Barracks Anarchists — President. 

Always quick to point out flaws in the system, John 
has emerged from the ranks as The Barracks Cynic. 
There is little on campus or in the heirachy of the 
state government, from the stoopies to Wingod, that 
has escaped the wrath of the flailing yellow pen of 
"Post #5." 

Besides his vigorous anti-establishment efforts, John 
has also managed to become the permit partner of the 
noted barracks law firm, B & R, Inc., a position he 
earned by setting the school record for consecutive 
approved permits in a single semester (47), which 
betters that of his well-known predecessor and mentor. 
Ken Perkins. If there is a loophole in the Bluebook, 
John has found it. 

To the surprise of almost everyone and to the 
chagrin of the Tool Shed Gang, it looks like our Angry 
Young Man will last out the four year duration to 
graduation, despite the efforts of the Artillery section. 
Law school is imminent, and John hopes to find in 
Charlottesville some of the illusions he has lost here. 

William Andrew Romanchich 

"Bill" "Polock" 

Chemistry, Air Force, CpL, Sgt., Lt., Distinguished 
Academic Student, Rat Swimming, Rat Outdoor Track, 
Newman Club, ACS. 

Coming to this "pleasant and healthful abode" from 
the sunny surfing shores of New Jersey, Bill handled 
the Rat Line, as he did everything here at VMI, in 
stride. Never much for the RDC scene, Bill concen- 
trated on the things VMI is all about ... and by the 
time his first class year rolled around he had achieved 
his goals: both stars and stripes decorated his sleeves. 

But college is social life too, and again Bill dis- 
tinguished himself . . . Linda is a pretty lucky girl . . . 
then again. Bill is an awfully lucky guy. Always affable, 
hard-working, and a true BR, "Lobes' " cadetship has 
brought him the high regard and friendship of the 
class and Corps. 

For the Future: four years of washing test tubes 
will surely be rewarded, and whether he's mixing esters 
or atop a wild wave, Linda will be by his side, and 
all will be well. 

William Donald Samson 

"Super" "Sam" 

History, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity Cross 
Country, Fire Fighters, Civil War Roundtable, Who's 
Nobody Club, Tidewater Club, RDC Representative. 

Super, one of the few red-headed Brother Rats, has 
had a remarkable change since he entered VMI. Once 
he was the staunch conservative militant and now he is 
the non-conformist, liberal, peace-maker. This change 
is minor compared to his more radical evolution. 

Super's first two years were, for the most part, 
different from his last two. Those aspects of his 
existence here that have changed most considerably 
are his emphasis on grades, education, the Army, girls, 
and the arts. Although his grades have steadily im- 
proved, he has placed more value on what the course 
has to offer. As for the Army, few of us look forward 
with eagerness after our stay here. During his Rat 
and third class years. Super was the celibate, sober, 
model cadet — now we're not so sure about any of 
these. These changes are for the best, and his Brother 
Rats would not have it any other way. 

Newport News, Virginia 

Michael Louis Santoro, Jr. 


Civil Engineering, USMC, Pvt., 1st Sgt., Distinguished 
Academic Student, Who's Who, Soccer, ASCE — Vice 
President, RDC, Class Ring Figure Comm. 

There are very few people at VMI who have worked 
harder in the last tew years than Mike, and even 
fewer who will leave VMI as successful. Besides being 
first in the civil engineering curriculum. "The Toro" 
is first as a BR. It's hard to dislike this kind of guy; 
no matter how busy he is, he always has time to help 
someone who needs it. He has attained almost every 
goal imaginable, with but one exception, the "little 
redheaded girl." If only he could get up enough 
courage to speak to her. After a short vacation with 
the "world's finest fighting force," it'll be a short easy 
trip to the top. Here's hoping he passes our way. 

Wayne Harold Scholtes 


Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Lt., Distinguished 
Military Student, Rat and Varsity Rifle Team, Rat Judo, 
ASCE, Cadet Staff, Civil Shaft, AFC. 

Wayne Harold Scholtes came to VMI to learn to 
stammer "I are an engineer, you all." It seems he 
had decided that his native New Jersey's Rutgers just 
wasn't good enough for a guy who wanted to be a 
ground pounder. 

The Rat Line and Wayne got along fine, but his 
third class year we learned that he was one of those 
who just couldn't abide southern roommates or stripes, 
and so it has been ever smce. Wayne believes in 
having a good time and getting the job done — but as 
independently as a billy goat. 

His key position on the rifle team kept him out of 
military duty. Apparently that didn't bother him very 
much, because when the tally was over at summer 
camp, it appeared that he had been doing something 
else besides drinking beer. 

That shock of red hair and impish grin will be 
missed in Charlie Company next year — but, then, they 
had their chance. 

John Scott, IV 


Physics, Artillery, Cpl, Sgt., Lt.— Drum Major, Rat 
Fencing, Chapel Choir — Director, Glee Club — Director, 

On September 9, 1965, Scotty hopped into Jackson 
Arch determined not to let the study of physics stifle 
his extra-curricular activities. In fact, 4 years later, 
he now owns them, runs them, and is in charge of 
many of them. We all sometimes wonder when he 
studies or even if he needs to study. It has, however, 
been a rocky road to the top. For instance, rank for 
Scotty has frequently come and gone. We'll always be 
proud of John for never abusing his power, even 
though "Tweetco" has several times put him in hot 
water. Through his whole cadetship, John has been 
an unconventional cadet. There is always long-hair, not 
just because of his excellent violin playing and other 
musical accomplishments, but in every sense of the 
expression. John has never been slow to have fun on 
weekends. Among other accomplishments, he has 
managed to become (remam?) grade 1 Y civilian. In 
looking at John's whole cadetship and his many varied 
accomplishments, it seems certain that in a few years 
we'll be reading about "the Nose" in "Who's 

South Plalnfleld, New Jersey 


Annandale, Virginia 


Alexandria, Virginia 

William Roy Sears 

History, USiVIC, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Dean's List, Bomb Staff 
— Associate Editor, Young Republicans — Treasurer — 
Vice President, Fire Fighters, Cadet Union Committee, 
1969 Homecoming Committee — Ctiairman, Rat Bat- 
talion Commander. 

As Annandale was left behind. Bill wasn't overly 
anxious to find out if the Rat Line was really all he 
had heard. With pen in hand, the dastardly deed was 
done and he became a full-fledged BR of '69. "D" 
Company Rats will never forget the "Great 4th Stoop 
Deluge." Not a man to stop there. Bill was destined 
for bigger and better things. When '69 returned in the 
tall. Bill's sleeves were a might heavier, at least for 
awhile. He skyrocketed to the top among corporals, 
only to meet his match in the school of hard "Knox." 
The Institute awarded Bill an immediate membership 
in the club that pounds the pavement. Not the kind 
of man to let a little thing keep him down. Bill 
bounced back, from private to Ring Figure 2d Lieuten- 
ant, and finally XO of "D" Company. 

Though these events will fade in our memories, no 
Brother Rat will forget Bill's ever-present smile and 
wit. Good-luck Jarhead. 

John Gregor Sebrell 

"John" "Seb" 

Economics, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Indoor and 
Outdoor Track, Soccer, Rat Cross Country, Young Re- 
publicans, Class Sweater Emblem Committee — Chair- 
man, Spirit Committee, Crow's Nest, Thorn Hill Estates, 
Northern Virginia Club, Fire Fighters. 

John is the Institute's own Virginia Gentleman. This 
was first evident in the way he handled himself at 
finals his freshman year. Not one to live on past 
glories, he has maintained this tradition throughout his 
cadetship, only changing brands once. Although it 
looked like a decisive victory for the Institute after 
round one, John fought back for three years and 
beat them at their own game. A summer scholar, he 
has studied at many other institutions to fulfill his 
academic interests. He has been active in many 
aspects of cadet life, not including the military. A 
nature lover at heart, he is frequently found at one of 
Rockbridge's many scenic spots: the tree farm, Goshen, 
and Zollman's. Speaking of hearts, John's seems to 
have become enlarged; it stretches from Northern 
Virginia to Tidewater. 

Larry Richard Seekford 


Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Equestrian Team — Captain, 
Who's Nobody Club, Red Blood Doner. 

"Seek", unable to keep up with his spiffy during the 
early days of his cadetship, soon settled down into 
the comfortable squalor of being a grub and getting 
the shaft from the Good Deal Boys on the first floor 
of Scott Shipp. A staunch supporter of all VMI func- 
tions, except language lab. Seek eagerly greeted each 
morning with his "Sunshine" personality, inspiring his 
roommates to greater heights of achievement through 
various grunts and assorted noises. 

Seek's artful diplomacy with his fellow man, ever- 
ready Chipmunk smile, fondness for soul music, and 
graceful penmanship made him the original Goody 
Two-shoes of the Class of '69. As Seek rounds out his 
four year tenure, barracks loses one of its greatest 
creditors, a mind gifted for exact detail, and the 
most pain sensitive body in Virginia. If we can keep 
Seek awake long enough to get his diploma, VMI will 
give the world its finest product. 


Front Royal, Virginia 

Ruurd Carel Segaar 

"Rudy" "Gar" 

History, Armor, Pvt., Cpl, Sgt., Sup. Sgt., Distineuished 
Military Student, Dean's List, Varsity Track — Captain, 
Varsity Soccer, Rat Cross Country, Rangers, Fire Fight- 
ers Library Asst., Cadet Receptionist. 

"Gar" came with the rest of us. He had hopes of 
making the military a career. But like most of us, he 
was quite disillusioned and is now considering law. 
Being a History major and varsity competitor himself, 
he handed non-LA's and team managers quite a bit 
of grief. But we still love him for his car, his dates, 
his car, his faults, his car, his track ability, and all 
those good weekends in his car. 

The first three years we were worried about Rudy. 
All he did was study and stay at the Institute. In 
short, he became involved in the system! With the 
advent of his first class year, the "Flying Dutchman" 
finally spread his wings and took flight. We are glad 
he is finally seeing the girls' schools and having 
some fun. Great, isn't it, "Gar"? We told you that 
you could do it. 

Rudy is a down-to-earth cadet. He is sensitive and 
tries to avoid consequences. We know you will do well 
In law school — either before or after Uncle Sam nails 
you. Good luck always. 

Donald Bruce Sharp 


History, Infantry, Pvt.. Sup. Sgt., Dean's List, English 
Society, IRC, Young Republicans, Glee Club, Colorado 
Club, Geology Lab Asst., Who's Nobody Club. 

Cousin Brucie crossed the "Great Muddy" his Rat 
year, leaving the Colorado Rockies, only to find that 
VMl wasn't all that "Mardi Gras" had made it out to 
be. The University of Washington shouldn't have lost 
his application. 

Bruce spent his Rat year fighting "Punchy's Trig." 
but he returned to amass an outstanding academic 
record in the History curriculum, transferring from 
science to Infellectualism. That year Bruce became 
acquainted with Westhampton College and the hop 

With Ring Figure came Nancy, his second attempt 
at W.C. That year he moved into the Ghetto to be- 
come a permanent member, proud and true; and he 
swore allegiance to privatedom. 

Now he's a "senior," and after four years at VMl, 
four years of making it a bit better for many others, 
Bruce is leaving to make his mark on society as he 
has on all of us. 

Write it in bright lights, and good luck Brother Rat. 

John Tanger Sheely 

"John" "Kreel" 

History, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Wrestling. 
Varsity and Rat Track, Newman Club, Assistant Head 
Cadet Waiter. 

He once said himself, "I always take the hard way." 
This was truly the phrase most descriptive of John's 
cadetship. By straining himself over the radiator his 
Rat year, selecting infantry as his branch choice, and 
running the block every Saturday night for two con- 
secutive months while on confinement, "large Kreely" 
proved his worth. Only once during his entire cadet- 
ship did he attempt to do less than his share. The 
Institute, regardless of his past record, frowned upon 
"habitual neglect of military duty." 

A self-proclaimed "gremmy" from Virginia Beach, 
John wiped out several times during his four-year stay 
at VMl. After his one-man campaign to buy the post 
office out of air mail stamps, and his nightly sink's 
compositions, his board finally ran aground in Salem, 
Va. his second class year. 

John's ceaseless quest for rank ended his first class 
year when after makeovers, he was named assistant 
head cadet waiter. Then, with unlimited power, he 
became the terror of Crozet Hall. 

As he streaks from his blazed trails of glory in 
the history department, to the altar, and to a bright 
future, we wish John continued happiness and success. 


Virginia Beach, Virginia 



Petersburg, Virginia 

Louis Eli Sidney 


Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Sup. Sgt., 1st Sgt., 
Dean's List, ASCE, Wesley Foundation, Hop Committee, 
Fire Fighters, 1969 Automobile Committee. 

Louis' outlook has changed considerably in his years 
at VMI. Four years ago he was on the wagon, but 
since that time he has slipped off again and again and 
again ... We think he just doesn't care anymore. 
His military abilities were momentarily recognized by 
VMI and later became evident in his record-breaking 
achievements at summer camp ("Honorary DMS"). 
Louis came to VMI prepared for a career in the Army, 
but now he is looking forward with grim determina- 
tion to his two year stretch. 

Louis wants only the simple joys of life: wine, 
women and song (maybe we should scratch the 
song). We can only say — May your wine be fulfilling 
and your women fullwilling. 

John Gordon Simmons 


Physics, Artillery, Pvt., Cadet Staff, AlP, Society of 
Physics Students, Who's Nobody Club. 

John arrived at VMI straight from the wilds of 
southwest Virginia. However, he soon discovered culture 
in the thriving metropolis of Lexington, spending the 
greater part of his third class year at Steve's, 
Johnny's, and the College Inn. After quickly finding 
he just wasn't cut out to be a wino, he switched 
his interests to sports cars and like everything 
else, he went into his new interest in a big way. 
By the time he was a first classman, John had become 
the only college student in Virginia with three sports 
cars (only one of which ever ran at any given time). 
On the weekends, you could find him either enjoying 
the pleasures of Charlottesville, or home trying to 
get that MG to work with a second engine. 

Robert Duncan Slay, Jr. 


Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Dean's List, Who's Who, Varsity Indoor and Outdoor 
Track, Rat Cross country. Rat Indoor and Outdoor 
Track, Cadet— Editor-in-Chief, VAC, "Fat Back" Fan 

From the Riviera, France came this slick, arrogant 
dude with a notebook of girls from literally all parts 
of the world. His confidence and social grace were 
curtailed, however, by numerous dinners with the regi- 
mental staff and visits to the RDC. While racking up 
demerits, he won the admiration of brother rats. Rat 
Slay would often stand up to cadets of higher class 
and rank, as witnessed by his victory over a second 
class ranker after an extensive GC trial. 

As time passed by. Bob established himself as out- 
standing in almost every way at VMI. Though women 
will continue to be overwhelmed by his suave, un- 
equalled charm, he will be remembered by "the boys" 
as a real friend, not of the phony variety. It would be 
useless to wish this person success in his chosen field 
of medicine, for success is the name of the game. 

Frederick Maurice Smith 


Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Football, 
Bomb Staff — Associate First Class Editor, Monogram 
Club, Class Research Committee, I.G.BA., Ghetto. 

Though the times here at VMI have not been the 
delightful days we first anticipated, one man has 
been able to go through virtually untouched by VMI's 
outer reaches. "Fast Fred," whether on the Foot- 
ball field before the snap, in making friends, or 
with the girls of the Virginia area, has been able to 
adapt himself to any of the situations he has met 
and certainly has been able to overcome them easily. 

From the days of the "Free Three" to the "Days of 
Bobo Bazaar's," he has been one of the leaders who 
does not need to call out his own abilities, for those 
who know him can tell you that he is (in the true 
meaning of the word) a leader and friend. As an 
Economics major in the Jungle of Morrisland, he has 
been able to fight away the trying defeats and succeed 
in achieving a last obstacle (graduation). 

Fred will be one of those graduates that VMI will 
be glad to call its own. He is a friend that 
neither luck or good fortune can bother; his skill and 
the aspects of that which he is made of are enough 
to make him a success in whatever he tries. The 
past four years can be a testimony to this man's 
ability to show the world he is "Fast Fred." 

Larry Allen Smith 

"Smuzzler" "Boozlie" 

History, Infantry, Pvt„ Lt., Distinguished Military Stu- 
dent, Dean's List, Varsity and Rat Football, Rat Track, 
Bomb Staff— Sports Editor, Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes, Monogram Club, Staunton Club. 

Well Podnah, this has got to be the smoothest, 
smartest Keydet . . . finesse with red hair. 

Number 20 came to play football and you know 
what he did; he hit 'em hard! But somewhere in the 
process he turned on the books with a vengeance and 
now looks forward to graduate school. 

What in the world? Platoon leader and going regular 
Army? Yeah ... and had the shortest haired platoon 

Sometimes the going gets hard and things look kmd 
of blue. Well, old buddy, when a smile is hardest to 
find you could look for Larry. A sensible positive 
attitude is his most valuable possession. 

To see through everything that doesn't matter and 
work with things that do . . . when its not the time 
for jokes, to look you right square in the eye and 
tell it exactly like it is . . . this man can do it. 

We wish you luck; you already seem to have it, 
or else its just the way you look at things. 

Robert Deaton Smith 


Biology, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Lt., Honor Court— President, 
Distinguished Military Student, Distinguished Academic 
Student, Who's Who, VAS, Chapel Choir, Glee Club- 
Vice President. 

Trying to write a VMI history of 150 words about 
Deaton without sounding trite or ostentatious is 
difficult. Probably the best way to recall Deaton's 
four years is to realize that he achieved everything 
he strived for, and accomplished all entirely on his 
own merit. The difference between Deaton and many 
of us is that he is a worker, a doer, and doesn't 
rest until everything is accomplished and meets his 
high standards. 

But his four years were not entirely devoted to the 
books. When party time rolled around he was always 
at the top of the guest list, and for just sitting around 
shooting the bull he has few peers. 

It would be ludicrous to expect anything but the 
best from him at med school, and it's not necessary 
to wish him luck, for he will always be able to make 
his own. But let us wish the best to a fine brother 
rat. Good Luck, Deaton. 

Elkton, Virginia 

Staunton, Virginia 

Norton, Virginia 


Amelia, Virginia 

Richard Asa Snow 

"RkW "Troll" 

.Chemistry, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Military Stu- 
rient, Dean's List, Varsity and Rat Fencing, ACS, 
Cadet Staff, Bomb Staff, Cadet Battery, AFC, Young 
Republicans, Ring Figure Magazine Staff, Tidewater 
Club, Fire Fighters. 

The "Troll" leaves quite a record at VMI. Itty Bitty 
Brother Rat Snow is a man of many talents. 

Who would believe the Troll could be a ranker. 
Dean's List student and still find time to ski, sail, 
skate, and fence? He likes to date, but no one has 
melted the snowman yet. Rats in three classes will 
attest to the fact that Rick believes in the system! 
He should be remembered not for what he has done 
but for what he has contributed to others. Rick always 
keeps the important things in front, but never hesi- 
tates to have a good time. The assurance of a 
successful future is only a matter of time, but will 
he be an artilleryman or lawyer? We know that 
whatever he does. Rick will continue to do it with 
his usual efficiency, as well as help those lucky 
enough to meet him along the way. 

Valentine Wood Southall, Jr. 


English, Pvt., CpL, Sgt., 1st Sgt., Lt,, Distinguished 
Military Student, Dean's List, Varsity Fencing — Cap- 
tain, Rat Fencing, English Society, Honors Candidate in 

Val emerged from his Rat year with two ambitions: 
good grades and rank. Unlike many cadets, he man- 
aged to achieve one out of two. A high-ranking cor- 
poral and sergeant his third and second class years, 
he had the cup of rank dashed from his lips as a 
first. He is an exemplary first sergeant, however, and 
all his friends know that beneath that rough and 
humble exterior lies the heart of a true cadet captain. 
An intrepid woodsman and infantry man, Val had 
never ceased to amaze people with his performances 
at nx. Seriously, however, Val has undertaken the 
Honors program in English, won DMS and the friend- 
ship and respect of his Brother Rats in F Troop. Few 
cadets have had such success. We wish you the best 
of luck in law school and whatever else you attempt, 

Robert Ronold Sparhs, Jr. 


English, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Student, 
Rat Wrestling, Pioneer Investment Club. 

Robert Ronold Sparks, Jr., commonly known by his 
simpler but more revealing cognomen. Sharks, exem- 
plifies the Renaissance Man. Sharkie has spread his 
talents into several departments at VMI. After two 
years' tenure in the Economics curriculum, he de- 
cided that multi-colored graphs with thousands of 
lines intersecting somewhere below Purgatory should 
be left to the more scientifically-oriented. Finding his 
true calling in English, Sharks proceeded to dismantle 
both teachers and students. Combining the caustic 
wit of a Pope and the mimetic humor of a Jonathan 
Winters, Sharkie quickly earned a well-deserved repu- 
tation for academic excellence. His candor and humor 
often leave teachers, cadets, nurses, old ladies, young 
ladies, waitresses, etc., dumb is disbelief. Often re- 
ducing them either to tears or laughter. Bob strikes 
relentlessly against sham and pretense. He is cynical, 
but it is a cynicism redeemed by humor. Can anyone 
really wish this whirlwind of energy luck in the out- 
side world? The wish should be reversed. world, 
watch out for VMI's Sharks. He is coming at you 
with loaded guns. 

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Fairfax, Virginia 

Edward Clinton Spencer, Jr. 

"The Leprechaun" 

Civil Engineering, Air Force, Pvt.. AFROTC Vice Com- 
mandant's Award, ASCE, Floor Committee, Glee Club, 
Who's Nobody Club. 

Clint is from Lynchburg. He came to VMI in his 
rat year. He knew a lot. He did not know everything. 
He was a good rat. He shined. He stayed out of 
trouble. He did not get mad. He did not care. Clint 
moved downstairs. He lived among giants. He did not 
shine. He did not care. He felt small. He was. He 
moved downstairs. He did not shine. He did not 
care. George did not care. Hal did not care. Time 
passed. He moved downstairs. Finally he is big. He 
cares. He is Red's friend. He is Mr. PX. He owns 
BT & T. He does not shine. He will graduate. He hopes. 

Joseph Gordon Spicer, Jr. 


Chemistry, Infantry, CpL, Sgt., 1st Lt.— Battalion S-1, 
Distinguished Military Student, Dean's List, ACS, 
Head Cadet Library Assistant, Fire Fighters. 

Joey arrived at VMI on 9 September, 1965, to begin 
a new way of life. He adjusted to the "system" easily 
and has progressed through the ranks during these 
years to become a first lieutenant. 

He always keeps on his toes as can be readily 
seen in the apt manner that he has of keeping 
several girls on the string at the same time. With 
such tact and strategy as this and armed with a DMS, 
the Army should be glad to see him pin on those bars. 
Joey takes a great amount of pride in accepting and 
always accomplishing challenges, especially throwing 
parties for his BRs. One of his most predominant 
obsessions is studying in front of the tube and then 
covering the same material in the early hours of the 
morning. Since he is gung-ho, ranger, jungle, and jump 
schools await Joey. Best of luck and we'll be looking 
forward to watching those parades from Alumni Hall 
, . . glass in hand. 

William Coffin Stainback 


Economics, Armor, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Football, 
AFC, Italian Club, Pioneer Investment Club, Northern 
Virginia Club, I.G.B.A. 

On matriculation day, "Burley" Bill walked through 
the gates with his golden locks, congeniality, and buoy- 
ant sense of humor. Instead of Bill conforming to the 
Institute, the Institute conformed to him. On the se- 
rious side. Bill has achieved much respect and many 
lasting friendships. 

Bill has obtained just about everything he has put 
his mind to. His third class year he decided to take 
on the chores as tight end for the "Big Red." Since 
then he has been on the receiving end of many passes. 
His nine seconds left m the game grab against David- 
son gave us our first needed win of this season. 

After graduation. Bill has a two year obligation in 
the army and a life long obligation to Ruelaine. 

Bill's future is written for success. We wish him the 
best of luck in all his objectives. 


Hopewell, Virginia 


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John Francis Stann, Jr. 


Civil Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat and 
Varsity Tennis, IRACE, ASCE, Wesley Foundation — Pres- 
ident, Religious Council, BP Scooters. 

John entered Jackson Arch on that fateful day in 
September with his tennis racket slung over his shoul- 
der and the fullest intention of remaining a bachelor 
forever. He settled down to his studies, his beloved 
tennis, and survived his first year. During that first 
year, he slept through an RDC meeting and was re- 
quired to return to another meeting as an honored 

The next two years were divided between the Wesley 
House and tennis courts. 

Then during the summer of '68, a miraculous change 
occurred and our playboy was swept off his feet by 
Mary, a charming young nurse from Baltimore. Could 
John really have gotten engaged during the summer? 

His first class year was spent either in Baltimore or 
on confinement, and as graduation drew near, so did 
the wedding date. To Mary and John, we wish the 
best of luck and happiness. 

John Charles Starnes 


Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., ASCE, AFC, Cadet 
Waiter, Who's Nobody Club. 

"Rabbit Eyes" found himself a home at the VMI. 
From a tropical environment (he said that he came 
up from Puerto Rico, but he seemed to walk the 
Rat Line like a penguin), many as upperclassmen, 
concerned that the cold might bother Charlie, invited 
him to drop by their rooms and warm up by the radi- 
ator. During his third class year J.C. decided to switch 
his major from CE to ratline. Unsuccessful in this 
field, he decided to change his major once again, and 
during his second year he moved over to Lejeune Hall 
to concentrate on their audio-visual aids. Finally, in 
his senior year he came back to the civil-engineering 
department and concentrated in sanitary engineering. 
If Charlie doesn't like it, he can always flush it. 

Charles Ronald Stead 
"Ron" "R.C." 

English, Air Force, Pvt., Ring Figure Magazine — Co- 
Editor (Layout Dept.), English Society, Invitations 
Committee, AFC, Who's Nobody Club. 

Back in 'S5. Ron bopped into the arch with long 
blonde hair. But those golden locks were soon to go, 
under the watchful eyes of "Moby Al." He managed 
to keep a large head of hair his second year due to 
a generous mixture of water and Vaseline. In the year 
of the Ring, the hair stayed, but a few visits to Regi- 
mental HQ kept the "cowlicks" away. Most remembered 
are the vivid and romantic tales of love which were 
designed to achieve the maximum results. But Ron 
found that a young blonde tied him down. (Congratu- 
lations. Linda!). 

As an English major, Ron never found English very 
exciting. Consequently, he made the scene at the 
"tube" room. But Ron saw the light in the last half 
of his second class year and has forsaken the "tube" 
for those dusty old books. May 18, 1969: the 
Promethean Bonds of the Institute will be exchanged 
for the chains of marriage. 

The crystal ball forsees you as a top-ranking execu- 
tive in a top corporation with all but the world in 
your hands. We know that your hands have the 
Midas touch. 

Alexandria, Virginia 


John Steiner, IV 


Biology, Artillery. Pvt., Varsity and Rat Cross Country, 
Indoor and Outdoor Track, VAS, Cadet, YRC, Political 
Science Society, Gymnastics Club, Library Assistant, 

Few of us can think of Skip without remembering a 
few of the many unique and well-publicized aspects of 
his cadetship. Surely all these things shouldn't have 
happened to one B.R., yet they did, and Skip had a 
level-headed, and remarkably passive, reaction to even 
the most potent discipline the Institute could provide 
(#1 Club, etc.). 

Underneath the notoriety and spectacle of his unique 
trip through (or was it around?) the VMl system. 
Skip's real character lies hidden. Well known for 
slightly-longer-than-regulation hair, and as an erstwhile 
trackman, able sailor, and skier, he has been an en- 
thusiastic participant in many sports. But the most out- 
standing facets of Skip's personality are his unfailing 
sincerity and unwillingness to give up his individuality. 
Not that there isn't room for sincerity or individual 
thought and ideas at VMl, but somehow it proves to 
be a Herculean task to uncompromisingly exhibit these 
traits. Peace, Brother! 

Marion Lee Stilwell, Jr. 


Economics, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Varsity and Rat Football, I.G.B.A.. Rat Basketball, Pio- 
neer Investment Club, Monogram Club. 

Stil defies all scientific laws, for he accomplishes 
more with seemingly less effort than anyone in bar- 
racks. Who else can walk in slow motion and still be 
hard to keep up with? Never one to be lonely on 
weekends, he has, nontheless, successfully kept his 
scholastic, athletic and social lives separated to an 
admirable degree. Few can deny that Stil commands 
respect both on and off the girdiron. While never a 
star, he is, without a doubt, the most consistent and 
conscientious performer on the football team. Stil is 
slow yet reliable, quiet yet authoritative, unassuming 
yet commanding. How a man can be so impressive 
to others yet so unimpressed with himself is beyond 

To wish Lee luck would be superfluous, for in a 
world where one creates his own luck, he cannot fail. 
To say that Lee will always be remembered by his 
classmates would be maudlin, but I shall and he will. 

Donald Lee Swats 

"Lee" "Redneck" 

Civil Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Regimental Colors 
Sgt., Distinguished Aerospace Student, Dean's List, 
Varsity and Rat Football, Rat Track, ASCE. 

Four years can be a long useless period in a per- 
son's life, but Lee has found in a short period of time 
what many men spend entire lives looking for, yet 
never finding. Football was the reason Lee chose VMl, 
and for two years it was the only thing that kept him 
going. But then, he discovered the true purpose of 
college, obtaining an education. With this as his goal, 
he set out to conquer the Civil Engineering Depart- 
ment with the desire and determination few Cadets in 
this school can match. Countless hours have been 
spent in his office below Preston Library. Now Dean's 
List is a reality and academic Star's are but a small 
step away. 

The summer after our third class year opened up a 
new chapter in Lee's life which can be summarized in 
two words. Donna Pale. In a few short months, this 
little girl from Staunton managed to accomplish what 
many females had been trying for six years to do. It 
looks like Lee is settled for good. This year has 
brought even another love into Lee's life, flying. With 
all these things going for him, the future is nothing 
but bright. 

Bowie, Maryland 

Staunton, Virginia 

Malibu, California 

Dallas, Texas 

Robert Gaither Tanner 

History, Armor, Cpi., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Mili- 
tary Student, Distinguished Academic Student, Civil 
War Roundtable, Pioneer Investment Club, Timmins 
Music Society, Fire Fighters. 

Originally one of the most airborne of the "air- 
borne tankers," Bob suddenly realized the dramatic 
denial of the Oedipus complex inherent in the "Kill 
Mother" concept and decided to follow his aerial am- 
bitions by joining the jet set as an airborne psycho- 

Through unending hard work, Bob has made his four 
years at VMI a complete success. Military excellence 
has been equaled by high academic achievement, but 
never to the exclusion of Bob's many friends and 
brother rats. 

VMI lingo contains a term of high praise — that of a 
"good guy." In the years to come, we feel that Bob 
will be best remembered as one of the truly "good 
guys" of our class. 

William Henry Tauskey 

"Bill" "Tausk" 

Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Regimental Sgt. Major, VAS, 
Bomb Staff, Newman Club, Texas Club, AFC, Fire 

It has been said that VMI cultivates academic knowl- 
edge, military leadership, and character. The first day 
"Tausk" saw the Institute, he set his sights high, 
and there is no doubt he has attained proud standards 
in all three categories. 

Academically, Bill attacked the biology curriculum 
with a vigor and diligence that incorporated hard 
work, late study, and a couple of summers in Lexing- 
ton. Militarily, it came slowly, but three years' effort 
was finally rewarded with well-deserved stripes. Char- 
acter? There may not be a bigger one in barracks: 
Our Gang's 'Buckwheat' (and often the "Pickle"). Bill 
may be the only individual ever to secede from the 
Union, though New York's loss is Texas' gain. 

We are all proud to call "Tausk" Brother Rat, and 
as we wish him our sincere best, we cannot help but 
know that whatever path in life Bill chooses, he will 
follow it to the summit. 

Geoffrey R. Taylor 


Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Wrestling, Un- 
defeated Freshman Wrestler, Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes, Wesley Foundation, Glee Club, Monogram 
Club, YRC, Dean's List. 

Things have sure changed since I made the first 
mistake that really changed the course of my life; I 
walked in the arch and started to walk in the rat 
line. After the G.C. Rat Line was over the academic 
ratline began and it seemed as though I would 
never be anything more than a "Rat." 

It got so, after awhile, that I came to appreciate 
the finer things of academic life, such as vacations. 
Not that I feel that they tend to train you rather than 
teach you, but I just had that vague feeling that I 
was missing something out of the "glorious college 
days" that alumni are always talking about. 

Seriously speaking, I made a choice a long time 
ago and I am glad that I came to VMI. It taught me 
to appreciate the Spartan life. Like I have heard so 
many times since I have been here, "VMI is not a 
nice place to be at, but there is no finer place to be 



William Grant Thorpe 

Chemistry, Air Force, Pvt., 1st Sgt., Distinguished 
Academic Student, ACS — President. 

One sunny day back in '65, the Dog emerged from 
the dark backwoods of Marshall, Virginia. Intent on 
being a chemist, he strove through the piles of sym- 
bols, numbers and formulas to be "numero uno" in 
his curriculum. He also made the best of the old 
Corps Rat Line (now lost to posterity). Regardless of 
the activities around him, the Dog managed to main- 
tain at least a 3.5. In the year of the Ring, the 
Dog, the courtly rake of VMI, won the favors of one 
of those Semites. Nevertheless, academics took pre- 
cedence over women. (What's the story on you, Dog?) 
In the same year the Dog made his debut in the 
wonders of CH-.OH. You sure you didn't see blood at 
the dance, son? At last, the year of the Phoenix ar- 
rived. Did I say Phoenix? You bet — now the Dog is 
a RANKER ... the shiny shoes finally paid off. 

VMI won't be the same without the smiling face of 
the Dog. In spite of that, one day the Institute may 
see him again as Dr. Thorpe, professor of Organic 
Chemistry. Keep smiling, Dog; you have the world in 
your hands. 

Raymond Edward Thuman 


Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity and Rat 
Track, (3lee Club, Commanders, Who's Nobody Club. 

Back in '65, Stix sauntered into the great arch. 
Little did he know what awaited him on the other 
side. His greatest ambition in life was to be a doctor. 
From the ameoba to man, he spent may hours col- 
lecting knowledge and demerits (late study). As a 
Tweet, Ray found ways to toot the least. The king of 
the "quicky" dyke job and the pinnacle of military 
proficiency characterize his great desire as a military 

One day, he picked up a guitar and he hasn't put it 
down yet. Between studying and playing the guitar, he 
managed to take up choraling. He professes to be a 
top-notch singer. Ask him and he will tell you. Ray 
always had a struggle with the "Sack Monster." He 
tried many different things but found that medicine 
was his "bag." 

We know that one day in the future Dr. Raymond 
Thuman will hang his shingle somewhere in Yankee 
territory. Cheer up, man, it can only get worse. The 
gods will smile on you wherever you go. How about a 
free stitch or two, BR? 

Perry TImberlake 


Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Dean's List, Tennis, Wes- 
ley Foundation, VAS, Who's Nobody Club, I.G.B.A. 

From Alabama, the fair-haired, soft-spoken Perry 
came to conquer the Institute. He brought with him an 
imperturbable attitude toward the Rat Line and the 
strong desire not to let the system interfere with his 
future med plans. He also brought with him a love for 
the "Crimson Tide." 

He assaulted the academics with Dean's List ability, 
as he quietly and steadily rose in the Biology cur- 
riculum. Academics have not been the only thing to 
occupy Tim in his career. He had rank as a third, but 
he soon corrected this really not appreciated "honor." 
He took time out to become a tennis stalwart for 
three years. 

Toleration seemed to mark Tim's stay here, both of 
the military and troublesome females. Tim is going 
to become a doctor if he can fit med school in be- 
tween Tide Football games. The hay monster has 
caught up to him and the soft-spoken kid has turned 
into an after taps terror. 

Tim would not be complete without mentioning his 
deep moral and religious convictions, which is paral- 
leled by his concern for others. Greatness will come, 
and soon. 

Birmingham, Alabama 



Springfield, Virginia 


Richmond, Virginia 

South Hamilton, Massachusetts 

John Angelo Tobia, Jr. 

"Toby" "Chief" "The Wop" 

History, Air Force, Pvt., Dean's List, IRC, Political 
Science Society, Newman Club, YRC, Cadet Reception- 
ist, Rat Typist, Who's Nobody Club, I.G.B.A., Car 

Move over, Horatio Alger! John Angelo Tobia war- 
rants a place right beside you. One of the truly amaz- 
ing rags to riches stories belongs to John. After an 
almost unblemished record of flags his rat year, the 
amazing climb began. Much improvement was evi- 
denced the Third Class year. Then, his Second Class 
year brought Dean's List to his grasp, and as if that 
wasn't enough, at mid-semester of his First Class year, 
he had an almost perfect record of A's. The end is 
nowhere in sight. Determination, hard work, and be- 
coming accustomed to VMI's teachers should pay off 
in later life for this "lover." 

And what a "lover!" Few at VMI have had more 
beautiful girls than the Chief: Ellen, Lori, Sally, Linda, 
Mary, Cindy, Karen, Rosie, Annie, ad infinitum. 

Long distance calls, letters, football pools, and St. 
John's filled his free time. May this greatest of all 
Notre Dame and D.C. enthusiasts find happiness in 
whatever he does. He deserves it. 

Watch out D.C. — John is finally getting out of Dodge. 

Hugh Harrison Tompkins 


Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Football, 
Tennis, Rat Wrestling, Rat Track, Monogram Club, Pio- 
neer Investment Club, Krueger Cup Club, Briar Patch 
Club, I.G.B.A. 

Rhoda is an anomaly among the serious-minded 
cadets here. Never one to pass up a date, party, T.V. 
program, or pool game, Hugh is a bright spot in 
everyone's day. His amorous adventures during his stay 
at VMI cannot be enumerated, but it is truly a rare 
day when Hugh does not find time to make at least 
one girl happy (with a phone call). Although a stand- 
out football player for three years, Hugh had to quit 
the Tennis Team at Coach Ragazzo's request. However, 
after another summer at CCV, he will find himself tops 
in tennis too. Hugh can make a dreary situation happy 
and with a sincere interest in his friends here, 
Hugh can always be counted on to lend a helping 
hand. With his quick wit and worthy sense of humor, 
Hugh will add new life to the business world and, at 
the same time, add to its success as well as his own. 

James Patton Totten 

"Tot" "Jamie" "Rotten" 

Civil Engineering, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt, Capt. — CO Echo 
Company, Distinguished Military Student, Dean's List, 
Cadet Staff, ASCE, Glee Club, Rangers, Soccer, La- 
crosse Club, AFC. 

James Patton Totten is just one of those people 
that was supposed to spend four years at VMI. He 
didn't know anymore about it than most of us. In 
fact, one wonders how this Army brat ever found 
Lexington four years ago — but he was quick to catch 
on and make his mark. 

Jamie "Rotten" Totten didn't think the ratline 
built enough character, so he signed up for the one 
Col. Knapp runs in NEB. Perhaps his biggest satisfac- 
tion though, was running Echo Company, and he did 
a real fine job. They had the longest hair in the 
Corps — but the most fun. Jamie is like that, loved 
and respected by everyone. 

After graduation he plans to follow a long line of 
Old Soldiers. "Act well your part, there all the honour 

James Burke Tucker 

"J.B." 'Tuck" 

English, Air Force, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Stu- 
dent, Cadet Staff, Ring Figure Magazine, VAS, New- 
man Club, AFC, Secretary-Treasurer, Cadet Union, 
Bridge Club, Commandant's Committee for New Ca- 
dets, Research Committee. 

Apparently under a few misconceptions of what life 
at military school might be like, Jim ventured from 
New York to VMI and its unique system. Shocked that 
his ranker qualities went unnoticed, he manifested 
his talents toward graduating without the zebra cog- 
nomen. But that is not to say JB has gone unknown. 

After overcoming the frustrations of his Rat year 
and the temptations of transferring, "Diego" quickly 
sst his goal at distinguishing himself in other ways; 
a feat which ho accomplished admirably by earning a 
set of stars, and the distinction of being first ranking 
in t'le English curriculum. 

Jim's future plans include a June 14th trip down 
the aisle with that very special Wellesley girl and 
the challenge of medical school. As Jim leaves VMI 
and his Brother Rats behind, we all wish Fran and 
him the best of all worlds, success and happiness. 

Godfrey Waddell Updike, Jr. 

"Beaver" "G.W." 

Biology, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Mili- 
tary Student, Ring Figure Magazine, Bomb — Layout 
Editor, Glee Club, Chapel Choir, Scouter's Club, IRC. 

Very early in his cadetship it was decided that 
G.W. was one of those Rats who would not make it. 
The harder they tried, the more determined G.W. be- 
came tc stay. Needless to say. he won out in the end. 
As an upper classman it appeared that the Institute 
had it in for G.W., but gradually he pulled ahead 
through hard work and concentration on his goals. 
Along the way, G.W. adopted a strong belief in the 
value of the "System", and as an upper classman 
became one of its strongest supporters. This same 
driving force that he developed here at school will 
serve G.W. well in the outside world wherever he 

Gary Edward Vitt 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity Basketball, 
Rat Track, Rangers, Cadet Battery, Who's Nobody Club. 

September 9, 1965, was a sad day for Gary. First 
he was experiencing his first day of "college life," 
and secondly, he was not with Gretchen on her birth- 
day. Well, at VMI one learns to take a joke and adjust 

Although there were some tense moments, the old 
"You're gonna lose your girl, rat!" never came true. 

The second-class year brought a fantastic change 
in Mama's little boy — for the mild-mannered, clean- 
cut Gary emerged the combat-toughened, kill-qualified 
"Animal." In a few words. Vitt was Ranger-trained to 
live off nature's land, kill 245 different ways and 
cross-trained in English. 

In his free time, "Fort Hunt Fats" also solidified 
his position as VMI's outstanding hustler. 

Our man of many guises now departs for the cruel 
world as uncertain of the future as everyone else, but 
certain that with the "Animal Tamer" steering him, he 
won't stray far. 

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Robert Hendren Waldo, Jr. 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., ASCE, Tidewater Club, 
Who's Nobody Club, Gim. 

Another Tidewater rat came out of Chesapeake to 
find a nearly permanent home in the mountains. Bob 
has pursued his goal, a degree as a ciuil engineer, 
with such vigor that he has made it almost a full 
time business. Coming to VMI with at least a minor 
knowledge of the military system, he has forsaken 
that route for more pleasurable ends, academics and 
girls, but not necessarily in that order. As one of 
'D' company's round Rats, he participated in such 
extra-curricular activities as after-taps water fights 
(10-2-10) and his one L.A. course, horizontal lab. His 
3rd class year came to one bright note. He found 
out that, because of a "trick knee," the Army didn't 
want him, a feeling that was somewhat mutual. Per- 
haps best known for his witty comments. Bob, has 
managed to keep even most of the LA's at bay. 

Ronald Redford Wall 


Economics, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Sup. Sgt., Civil 
War Roundtable, FIP, Who's Nobody Club, YRC. 

At first Ronnie seemed destined to spend his cadet- 
ship in NEB. The pressure just got too great and he 
took a walk down to Scott-Shipp Hall to start just as 
hard a battle with the Economics Department. He 
faired well and became 69's first flying Eco major. 
That's right, Ronnie hopes to be a pilot, so he learned 
to fly. 

VMI proved to be quite a change from Ron's old 
plantation and mint juleps, but this easy going charac- 
ter took everything in stride and ended up "fine as 
frog hair." 

His Brother Rats and the classes behind, will long 
remember Ronnie's beautiful music every morning (his 
joyous greeting to each new day), his wild football 
games in the courtyard, and his reputation as a ranker, 
who never trifled and was never busted. 

But more than this, Ronnie will be remembered as 
being full of pranks and mischief, ready to help in a 
tough situation or talk things over, and quite a stu- 

It is said that history repeats itself, but it will be a 
long time before VMI sees another like Ronnie. 

William Croxton Walther 

Chemistry, Armor, Pvt., ACS— Vice President, VAS, Cadet 
Staff, YRC, Political Science Society, Gymnastics Team, 
Aquatics Club, Library Assistant, EIHC, Class Car 

You can find him sailing on any day; sailing through 
life, whether stormy or calm, the wind his only guide. 
For four years, he has been on a quest for knowledge 
which may if this is not readily apparent by his grades. 
Full of intellectual curiosity. Bill is adamantly opposed 
to memorization, thinking the emphasis should be on 
understanding. This became evident in his superior 
showing on the Medical Boards, GRE's, and Dental 
Aptitude tests, thus proving his true ability. 

Using all his wiles. Bill managed to achieve one of 
his most sought after goals, escaping military duty. 
Long hair, white shoes, and a pied hat shield led to 
the fulfillment of another ambition— FIRST CLASS 

Whether he becomes a famous doctor or an anony- 
mous worker, he will be helping others. So when gale 
winds are blowing, at least one boat will have di- 
rection. Every happiness, kid. 

THE ! 

Robert Crenshaw Watts, III 


History, Air Force, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Football, 
Honor Court, Pioneer Investment Club, Club 461, 
Executive Suite 302, Soulville 213, Coo City 104. 

A "never-saydie" attitude has accompanied Bobby 
from the very first day he entered room 461. Con- 
sidering the influence of certain roommates, his vir- 
tuous stay at VMI was definitely an accomplishment, 
but his sincere and habitual "Hi" has made him 
among the most popular men at VMI. He was known as 
VMI's Ann Landers, because he always had a sympa- 
thetic ear for everyone's troubles. His election to the 
Honor Court and his prowess on the athletic teams 
were the product of the same boy who received 28 
RDC cards his first year. His love life is full of laughs, 
but his goodnatureriness has always born him through. 
"R.C." has no real plans following graduation. After 
his "adventures in paradise," it will be a lucky com- 
pany that will acquire Bobby's personality and desire. 

John Gregory Weber 


Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Methodist Club, 
Lutheran Club, Northern Virginia Club, IRC, AFC, Cadet 
Battery, Fire Fighters, YRC. 

"Yes, Dad, I'm sure I want to go to VMI to get an 
RA and be a Math major . . . integral from one to 
infinity of xe to the minus x dx is equal to the limit 
as t approaches infinity of -te to the minus t minus e 
to the minus t-l-2e to the minus one ... I think I'll 
major in Biology, that sounds easy . . . trabeculae, 
mesosalphinx, ruminant ungulates . . . what session of 
summer school is Embryology offered? At least I'm a 
sergeant; oops, I like being a private anyway . . . 
Hey! I'm a private! I can't be sergeant of the guard 
over finals again! Oh, I can . . . Great 2.0000 . . ., 
I'm a first classman. Top cannoneer, top marksman, 
top in PT's — rinky dinky, no, not too much . . . Hey! 
I'm noticed! Maybe I'll get my RA yet . . . Oh no, they 
cancelled Army FIP . . . I guess I'll have to shine my 
shoes more." 

Joseph Jackson Welch, III 


Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Dean's List, Swimming, Rat Cross Country and Indoor 
Track, VAS, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Glee Club, 
Fire Fighters. 

Jack, off to MCV, will undoubtedly have a long line of 
patients as soon as he gets out of medical school. His 
congeniality and intelligence will aid him in his career. 
Being a true "Jack of all trades," he has much to say 
about everything, and can often be heard long after 
taps and long before breakfast. Having found a remedy 
for Guptosis and Butcheritis, we are certain that he 
will conquer cancer. The only possible obstacle that 
may impede Jack's practice would be a weak stomach, 
since he can often be seen bent over talking to Ralph. 
Like a typical "hotdog" he has experimented with in- 
numerable girls, yet he is showing signs of slowing 
down, but with "the most wonderful girl in the whole 

Richmond, Virginia 


Richmond, Virginia 

Winchester, Virginia 

Courtenay Sommerviile Welton, II 


English, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Varsity Gmnastics, Rat 
Wrestling, English Society, Who's Nobody Club, Cadet 

Courtenay's Rat year was uneventful, except for his 
many visits to room 336. The real changes started his 
third class year. At the beginning of that year he 
changed from the math curriculum to civil engineer- 
ing and thence to the English department. During his 
brief tour as a CE, he was a ranker, but this, too, 
changed with his change in curriculum which placed 
him temporarily on academic probation. 

With the coming of Courtenay's second-class year 
many new horizons opened to him. He got off academic 
probation, and with his new-found freedom he decided 
to take liberties with the system. He made an illegal 
intrusion on the Rat mixer. 

And now in his first class year he still dates that 
girl— we hope it will continue. When she was here 
for Openings htis year, he obtained his "good deal" 
from Laughin' Larry. This year, though, it was Welton- 
4, lnstitute-0. We hope that he will be able to keep up 
the record — it is always nice to see someone win. 

John George Whitacre 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Military 
Student, Rat Fencing Team, ASCE, Newman Club, Cadet 

Four years at the Institute has changed John In 
many ways. When he first came here, ideas of going 
regular army were floating around in his head. Life at 
the healthful and pleasant abode, and the tacs, have 
changed all that. 

Studies seemed all important the first two years, but 
now he takes a less harsh view of the book world. 
"There is more to living than getting ahead or good 
grades," says the handball major (who is also minoring 
in Civil Engineering). What's more, this seems to be 
true because he is now venturing into the five year 
plan after four years of constant talk about flunking 

Being a loner, John doesn't make many close 
friends, but maybe this is for the best. His ideas of 
the Spartan and Viking ways of life, together with 
constant talk of homesteading make him hard to 

Edwin Glenn White 


Mathematics, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Stu- 
dent, Varsity Track-Manager, Rat Cross Country, Rat 
Track, Bomb Staff, Glee Club, Timmins Music Society, 
Scouters Club — President, Aquatics Club, Fire Fighters, 
Highlanders, Cadet Union — Sub-committee Chairman, 
P.E. Assistant Instructor, 147 After-taps Cocktail Club. 

Every year it seems, a mistake is made in the Admis- 
sions Office. Each class comes up with one man who is 
able to accomplish the impossible, that is, to beat the 
system. Yes, that's our Glenn. Ever since he walked 
into the arch he's been giving the slip to the Institute. 
More of the U. Va. or Berkeley prototype, some would 
just call him a goldbrick, others just lucky, but those 
who know him call him resourceful. His vigor and 
energy, rarely devoted to the books (this year being 
the exception — finally!), usually to be found busily em- 
ployed in singing, guitar playing, and permit writing. 

Although it would be difficult to classify him as a 
cadet, no one can deny that Glenn is a true Brother 
Rat in every sense of the word. Those of us who have 
been lucky to see him on his during-the-week visits to 
the Institute can swear to that. We all wish Glenn the 
best when he becomes a Permanent Civilian. 

Hampton, Virginia 

Jack Timothy White 

"Tim" "Jacl<" 

Economics, Armor, Pvt., Varsity Baseball, Rat Football, 
Southern Conference Baseball Team, Monogram Club. 

Jack Tim White, one of the Orange County contin- 
gent, came to VMl looking forward to leadership in the 
Corps of Cadets. But Tim, after a short time and 
frequent trips to the Commandant's Office, saw the 
writing on the wall. Unfortunately, so did the division- 
al inspectors and boned him 69 times, as a matter of 
fact! Tim's contributions to his "beloued" Institute 
have been many. He was an outstanding Rat quarter- 
back and defensive back, but he decided to trade in 
his football career in favor of baseball. A poor de- 
cision; Ask the fans in Richmond — they won't soon for- 
get the homer, double and single that beat their 
Spiders. Jack has turned out to be one of the hottest 
prospects to hit the VMl diamond in years. Tim has 
lived in the Ghetto the past 2 years, among his kind 
of guys. The Ghetto, economics department, and base- 
ball team will all miss him, and all wish him luck in 
the years to come. 

Luther Rawls Williams, Jr. 

"Rawls" "Albino" 

Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Distinguished Military 
Student, Distinguished Academic Student, Who's Who, 
Rat Track, VAS, Fire Fighters, Class Committee, Ring 
Figure Committee, Bridge Club, Honor Court, Pioneer 
Investment Club. 

"Luther Williams? Oh, you mean Rawls!" 

The Institute's stiffly formal designation for each of 
its cadets is quite impersonal, e.g. Williams, L.R. But 
what a rich personality is conjured up by the name, 

When he wasn't helping a brother rat, playing bas- 
ketball, tennis or bridge, watching T.V., or attending a 
meeting, Rawls was cramming for a test. What 
more appalling way to be the second ranking Biology 
major than to be one of the most versatile non-varsity 
athletes, an amateur Wall Street financier, an invete- 
rate sports buff and, most of all, a cadet who is on a 
first mme basis with his entire class. Pre-med stu- 
dents are supposed to be automatons, dedicated to one 

To b3 confined to one life's ambition or to a small 
circle of friends is just not Rawls. His infinite variety 
will never leave him. 

Arthur Harrison Wilson 


English, Armor, Pvt., Cadet Staff, English Society, IRC, 
AFC, E.I.H. 

Art came to VMl tentatively seeking a life that 
would initiate an army career but the first demerit 
period and cadre brought an abrupt switch in his 
plans. Art persevered and squeaked through the first 
year, thereby frustrating the combined forces of the 
TAC staff and rankers allied against him. The next year 
brought a newer and more difficult obstacle in the 
form of a nightly symphony of clanking radiators and 
pipes. After long meticulous research on sleep. Art 
succeeded in maintaining both his average and his 
sanity. The following year saw a renewed effort in all 
fields which boosted his grades and weight, but it 
was still a bit of uphill going. Art's first class year was 
prec:ded by trips abroad, not all of them made by the 
usual mode of transportation. Increased participation 
in cadet affairs (such as the E.I.H.), coupled with his 
wonderful imagination and ability to draw, leads us 
to believe that the future holds much for a sincere 
friend and classmate. 

Orange, Virginia 

Charlottesville, Virginia 

Hampton, Virginia 

Walter Russell Winfree, III 

Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Varsity and Rat Judo, 
Cadet Staff — Personnel Manager, News Staff. 

"Wonderful Winny" has led a somewhat distin- 
guished career as a real, live Veemie. From the very 
beginning, he led the way becoming the first Brother 
Rat of '69 to be summoned to appear before the RDC. 
As a matter of fact, he was so anxious to get to VIVII 
that he showed up three months early. 

This led to his first taste of college social life, be- 
coming a bon vivant with the faculty daughters, a 
career he pursued for all its advantages. When he 
switched majors, he switched girls. 

After a brief flirtation with corporal's stripes. Win 
settled bacl< into the groove as a dedicated private, a 
position he enchanced by being appointed to the ex- 
alted post of procurer of Rat Typists for the Cadet. 
What can we say? 

A cadetship marked by tireless and unending battles 
with organic chemistry, Guptology, and Spanish, seems 
to be on its way to fulfillment through four years in 
the antiseptic halls of med school. Best of luck Brother 

Dennis Norwood Witt, Jr. 


Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Sgt., Soccer, Fiat 
Wrestling, ASCE, President Newman Club, AFC, Rich- 
mond Club, Cadet Battery. 

What can you say about a guy for whom they had 
to invent a whole new rank? Denny was never really 
a spit and-polish bucker, but after three years of 
talented privatedom he could be denied no longer. 
Presto! Two stripes up and one down . . . Dennis 
was a new breed of zebra. 

President of the 384 Pink Belly Club and one of 
the few select cadets who somehow, despite the 
Institute, managed to keep the same girl for four long, 
military years, Denny has still had time to wage a 
spirited and hard-fought academic battle in the hal- 
lowed halls of NEB. And as usual, Denny has emerged 
the winner. 

For the future, Denny steps into the outside world 
with Anne by his side and all his BR's best wishes 
behind him. We are assured he will always finish the 
job par excellence — a credit to himself and VMI. 


Richmond, Virginia 

Kerry Colston Woodroof 


Biology, Armor, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat Wrestling, Rat 
Cross Country, Cadet Staff — Features Writer and Ex- 
change Editor, VAS. 

Behind that sleepy-eyed smirk lurks . . . mighty 
mite. Known in Boobsville as "The King," sometimes 
the much abused "Chump" has none the less proven 
his value as a military man and handball extraordi- 

His ambitions as a cadet have settled in academic 
goals after a rocky initiation into the biology rat- 
race. His efforts at study have never prevented him 
from enjoying the three glories of life: his bed, good 
food, and football. His greatest ghetto achievement 
was a weekend sleep-in reported to have reached some 
30 plus hours, certainly no mean achievment in view 
of the ghetto sleep greats. 

K.C. will have no trouble realizing his career as a 
doctor. His generosity and sincere loyalty have made 
h!m a valuable, lifelong friend. Kerry is ready to 
tackle life now . . . ready to apply a few of the 
lessons learned and grab that tiger. As long as pecan 
pie remains his favorite type, he will remain "The 
King" and roll, baby roll! 

James Gleason Woods 
"Jim" "J.G." 

Biology, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Mili- 
tary Student, Dean's List, Fire Fighters, Cadet Union, 
Chairman — Rat Social Committee. 

From an inconspicuous Rat, 69's sole representative 
from the Bluegrass state emerged as platoon leader 
of Delta company's "Mighty Third." All was not peaches 
and cream, however. As Ring Figure company com- 
mander, Jim picked up a quick 10-2-10 for allowing a 
Brother Rat's date in ranks, but what a way to go! 
Jim, however, was soon to return to contemplating. 
His next visit tc the powers that be coincided with a 
similar one by the regimental commander. The In- 
stitute put forth an amazing demonstration of equality 
among cadets. Six kept six and two, well! A sym- 
pathetic Cadet article spoke of "Jim Trees," to protect 
the something less than innocent. It was Institute two 
and Trees zero. Jim was now a charter member of 
the elite club that pounds the pavement. In this 
darkest hour, our good-natured Kentuckian demon- 
strated neither resentment nor despair, but made the 
most of his carefree months as a private. 

Louisville, Kentucky 

Bradford Norman Worthington 

"Brad" "B.N." "Wort" 

Chemistry, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student, 
Dean's List, ACS, YRC. Regimental Debate Society, 
Band, Fire Fighters, Political Science Society, Colonel 
Ritchey's Snow Shovel Squad. 

"Oh God, rat! King! Petrella! How could you let 
him come out like this?" Thus, B.N.'s unique fatigue 
pants and blouse ensemble failed to net him the 
"Best Dressed Rat" award. 

Chemistry took on a new meaning the second class 
year as Wort became the lead man in Colonel Ritchey's 
Snow Shovel Squad. Finances looked better as ROTC 
checks helped replenish the fortune in apples he'd 
lost in learning to count. Wort had visions of grad 
school and studied for a change. And found those four 
day furloughs weren't so bad. 

9 March 1968, opened a new, wonderful page for 
Wort. Nancy was the first girl Brad ever knew who 
could effectively compete with the chemistry depart- 
ment for his time. 

Brad was glad to graduate before Col. Pickle could 
make the curriculum any harder, although Instrument 
Man and Dr. Sideburns presented interesting chal- 

John Walter Zunka 

"John" "The Fox" 

Economics, Armor, Cpl., Sgt., Capt. — CO Band Com- 
pany, Distinguished Military Student, Who's Who, 
Rifle Team, Honor Court — Prosecutor, Timmins So- 
ciety, Hop and Floor Committee, Ring Figure Com- 
mittee, Contact Committee, I.G.B.A. 

Who would have thought that behind that innocent 
face lurked "The Fox'" Hailing from woods near "the 
beginning of the Skyline Drive," Tweety has become 
one of the "greats" at VMI. It would be foolish to 
enumerate John's accomplishments. As well as being 
a dedicated Economics student, John is devoted to 
the preservation of VMI ideals. His ability to combine 
military, academic, extra-curricular, and social aspects 
in their proper perspective has been responsible for 
his success. John has earned the friendship and the 
respect of all men. Time and again, John has demon- 
strated his leadership ability. Coming through the 
ranks as an Armor Cadet, he has risen to be a Com- 
pany Commander. As a leader, he has never shied 
away from any task, even if it involved taking time 
from his schedule to make periodic road trips. We all 
wish "Zunk" the best as he leaves us with one un- 
answered question: Will the Red "Fox" ever lose his 

Front Royal, Virginia 


Allan d'Andelot Belin 

Franklin Wright Webb 

In Memory of our Dykes, Class of 1966 

William Demarest Huyler, Jr. 

John Henry Lattin, Jr. 


Short Hills, New Jersey 

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army 

Artillery, Battery A 

2nd Infantry Division 

Killed in action 14 September 

1967 while serving as a forward 

observer for an infantry unit, 

Vietnam . . . 

He was dyked by Walt Laundon. 

Columbus, Ohio .,, 
First Lieutenanf^^lii 
Company F (Long Range PaW!) 
51st Infantry 

Died 15 December 1967 from 
wounds received while on a long 
range reconnaissance patrol 
when the patror engaged a hos- 
tile force in a firefight. 
He was dyked by Frank Nova- 


Montpelier, Virginia 

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army 

Company C. 

25th Infantry Division 

Died 25 April 1967 of wounds 

received from fragments of a 

land mine . . . 

He was dyked by Tom Buckner. 

". . . Died On The Field Of Honor" 

Joseph Milburn Lingle, Jr. 

Donald James Mattaro, Jr. 

Mark Crosby Whittier 

Who's Who 

Walter C. Anderson, III 
Frank B. Easterly 
Gerald J. Fresia 
Philip G. Gardner 
Robert A. Habasevich 
Michael V. Harper 
Steven G. Harrington 
Robert A. Heely 
Marvin Itzkowitz 
John W. Kennedy 
Lawrence R. Lenz 
Henry C^ L'Orange 
Joseph G. Lynch 
John C. Mitchell 
Graham Y. Moore, III 
Joseph V. Naselli 
Frank E. Novakowski 
Timothy J. Rahm 
Michael L Santoro, Jr. 
Robert D. Slay, Jr. 
R. Deaton Smith, Jr. 
L. Rawls Williams,. Jr. 
John W. Zunka 



The First Class . . . 

After Hours 

Who's Nobody Club 



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The Second Class 

Ben Dick 


1 May 1969 
Dear Sandra, 

In two weeks the first class will graduate. When 
it does, the Class of 1969 will be but another 
number of the Old Corps, and we, the Class of 
1970, will take our places as the leaders of the 
Corps of Cadets. But as I think of the past three 
years that '69 and 70 have shared here, I am 
surprised that time so filled, so fraught, has passed 
so quickly. I glance at the symbol of VMI I wear 
on my finger— and recall the uphill journey that 
culminated beneath an arch of carmine roses last 
Thanksgiving. Until that moment, the confronta- 
tion of time and problems seemed without re- 
ward. There, what had been but a dream for two 
years became, finally, reality. All those class meet- 
ings, last minute deadlines, financial impossibili- 
ties, and working committees did produce a suc- 
cessful Ring Figure, with the lowest assessment 
on record. Who really thought those bricks from 
demolished Alumni Hall would sell as we gathered 
them from the debris across the parade field? 
Even the Ring Magazine was successful beyond 
expectations. All those projects we initiated— 
Homecoming buttons, candy sale, the faculty din- 
ner-dance, the wild parties— left both lasting 
memories and a knowledge that our class, though 
composed of able individuals, was working and 
living as a close-knit and co-operating unit. Ring 
Figure was a time of excitement, of emotion, of 
energy, of expectation; its memories will be vibrant 
and alive long after we are of the Old Corps. 

This Ring reminds each of us, I am sure, of 
all these things and more. Yes, to the outside 
world it may appear to be an ostentatious symbol. 
But to us, the Class of 1970, as it has been and 
will be to the Class of 1969, this ring represents 
the responsibility and the honor we will realize 
and challenge next fall. 





Mark L. Albright 
Washington, D.C. 
Robert D. Alger 
Kinshasa 11, 
Rep, Dem, du Congo 
Phillip R. Anderson 
Arlington, Va, 
Edwin E. Andrews, III 
Doswell, Va, 
Robert C. Armstrong 
Chesapeake, Va. 

Alvah C. Arnn 

Chatham, Va, 
David R. Axelson 
North Springfield, Va. 
George M. Bach 
Richmond, Va. 
John T. Bailey 
Woodbridge, Va. 
Richard F. Balderson, Jr. 
Tappahannock, Va. 

Harold F. Bare, Jr. 

McLean, Va. 
Albert J. Bast, III 

Falls Church, Va. 

Glen A. Birdsall 

Falls Church, Va. 
Robert M. Blair, Jr. 

Honolulu, Hawaii 

J. S. Bllckensderfer, Jr. 

White Plains, N.Y. 
William B. Bott 

Wilmington, Del. 

Bruce Bowden, Jr. 
Norfolk Va 
Herbert C. Braun 
Lynchburg, Va. 
Clifton R. Brooks, Jr. 
Bethesda, Md. 
Robert P. Brown, Jr. 
Lynchburg, Va. 
Gary A. Bubb 
Natrona Hts., Pa. 

John W. Burton, III 

Richmond, Va. 
Harvey A. Butler, Jr. 
Portsmouth, Va. 
Richard J. Cabaniss 
Hanover, Va. 
Rapheal B. Caire 
Biloxi, Miss. 
Daniel E. Campbell 
Bowling Green, Va. 

Thomas E. Campbell 

Martins Ferry, 0. 
Robert H. Candido 

Hamden, Conn. 

Michael B. Carruth 

IVIcLean, Va. 
Fred E. Carver 

Kensington, Md. 

James G. Chandler 

Buffalo Junction. Va. 
Terrence J. Chewning 

Springfield, Mass. 

William W. Chiswell, II 

Portsmouth, Va. 

Douglas G. CIsler 

Quantico, Va. 

Richard M. Clary 

Richmond, Va. 

Frank A. Cleaton, Jr. 

South Hill, Va. 

Thomas B. Cllngerman 

Indianapolis, Ind. 

James M. Coleman 

South Hill, Va. 

Judson W. Collier, Jr. 

Richmond, Va. 

Thomas S. Cooke, III 

Atlanta, Ga. 

Robert R. Copty 

Roanoke, Va. 

Richard A. Corbet 

Westfield, N.J. 

Ralph L. Costen, Jr. 

Richmond, Va. 
Robert R. Costigan 

Norfolk, Va. 

Clinton L. Cowardin 

Richmond, Va. 
Steven C. Craddock 

Alexandria, Va. 

Donald S. Crawford 

Wytheville, Va. 
David J. Curry 
San Antonio, Tex. 
William M. Curtis, Jr. 
Richardson, Tex. 

Clifford Davenport, Jr 

Adams Mass 

Charles W. Davis 

JIuefield, W.Va 

Douglas K. Davis 

Falls Church, Va 

James P. Dawson 

Hamden, Conn. 
Laurence W. Dempsey 
Modesto, Calif. 
Howard G. DeWolf 

Westwood, Mass. 

James B. Dischinger, Jr. 

Richmond, Va. 
Cyrus A. Dolph, IV 
North PO, Va. 
Garland T. Durvin, Jr. 

Richmond, Va. 

Ronald R. Eagle 

Aylett, Va 

Timothy P. Farley 

Virginia Beach, Va. 

James D. Fauntleroy, III 

AltaVista, Va. 

Thomas G. Ferguson, Jr. 

Vicenza, Italy 
Michael A. Ferrari 
Adams, Mass. 
John F. Fischer 

Madison, Wis. 


Richard P. Fitzgibbons 

Plantation, Fla. 
John P. Flemtning, IV 
Chesapeake, Va. 
Robert C. Forrest, III 
Aberdeen, Md. 
Franklin T. Fowler 
Richmond, Va. 

Eugene R. Freedman 

Cherry Hill, N.J. 

Rory J. Frey 

Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Stephen B. Friski 

Front Royal, Va. 

George W. Gearhart, Jr. 

Roanoke, Va. 

Dewey P. George, Jr. 

Roanoke, Va. 
James P. Gillespie 
Woodbridge, Va. 
Floyd L. Ginn 
Winchester, Va. 
Joseph G. Girlando, Jr. 
Baltimore, IVId. 

Michael L. Hannum 
Cherry Hill, N.J. 
Robert W. Hart 
Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Ben Harvey, III 
APO San Francisco, Calif. 
Willis L. Hatcher, Jr. 
Falls Church, Va. 

Robert C. Hawthorne 

Richmond, Va. 
Roy R. Heddleston 

Princeton, W.Va. 
Ronald A. Henry 

Martinsville, Va. 

Edward D. Holmes 

Kirkwood, Mo. 

William H. Howard, III 

Johnson City, Tenn. 

William W. Huffman, Jr. 

Staunton, Va. 

Frank T. Humphrey, Jr. 

Harrisonburg, Va. 

Wilbert F. Huntley, Jr. 

Coraopolis, Pa. 

Daniel J. Ingelldo 

Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Walter Ivkovich, Jr. 

Aliquippa, Pa. 

Michael J. Iwanik 

Annandale, Va. 

Joseph E. Jenkins, III 

Fort Lee, Va. 

Albert S. Johnson, III 

Columbia, S.C. 

The Second Class 

George A. Jones, Jr. 

Gretna, Va. 
Randolph B. Jones 
Chatham. N.J. 
Tappey H. Jones 
Virginia Beach, Va. 
Wayland D. Jones 
Clayton, N.C. 
John R. Jordan 
Virginia Beach, Va. 

Philip E. Jornlin 

Wilmington, Del. 
David R. Keller 
Camp Hill, Pa. 
John H. Kern 
Alexandria, Va. 
Gregory S. KInsey 
Salem, Va. 
Donald B. Kirchner 
Beaver Falls, Pa. 

Alfred E. Kirk 
Gloucester, Va. 
Richard H. Knight, Jr. 
Norfolk, Va. 
Peter I. C. Knowles, II 
Richmond, Va. 
Jerry G. Kuehn 
Falls Church, Va. 
Glenn J. Kuntz 
Cranford, N.J. 

Raymond H. Lanier, Jr. 

Richmond, Va. 
Carlyle M. Lash 
Alexandria, Va. 
David A. Lawrence 
Portsmouth, Va. 
Albert H. Leu, Jr. 
Quakertown, N.J. 
Thomas J. Love, Jr. 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 

John F. Ludt, IV 

Carlisle. Pa. 
Jeffrey A. Lyon 
Portsmouth, Va. 
Jack R. Mace, Jr. 
Chamblee, Ga. 
Burt C. MacKenzie, III 
Singers Glen, Va. 
Michael D. Manis 
Bedford, Ind. 

Charles H. Marks, III 
Claremont, Va. 
James R. Marshall 
Louisa, Va. 
Thomas C. Massey 
Norfolk, Va. 
Walter P. Massle, Jr. 
Lexington, Va. 
James 0. Mawyer 
Richmond, Va. 

Steven J. McAuliffe 
Ashland, Mass. 
Robert L. McClure 
Richmond, Va. 
John C. McLemore 
Nashville, Tenn. 
Donald E. McQueen 
Atlanta, Ga. 





Charles E. D. Meybin 

Sewickley, Pa. 

David L. Miller 

Bethel Parl(, Pa. 

William L. Moon 

Roanoke, Va. 

Robert E. Moore, Jr. 

Portsmouth, Va, 

Benjamin F. Morris, Jr. 

Norfolk, Va. 

Paul G. Munch 

Albuquerque, N.M. 

William W. Murchison 

Laurel. Md. 

Cyril E. Neiley, Jr. 

Alexandria, Va. 

James L. Nelson, Jr. 

Norfolk. Va. 

James R. Nelson 

Cumberland, Va. 

Kerry R. Newberry 

Clintwood, Va, 

Gerald de B. Nickelsburg 

Arlington, Va, 

Thomas A. Norris, III 

Raleigh, N.C. 

Richard B. Nowitzky 

Norfolk, Va, 

David D. Nuckols 

Hopewell, Va. 

Dennis M. O'Connor 

Alexandria, Va, 

William R. O'Connor 

Alexandria, Va. 

Dennis M. O'Donnell 

Alexandria, Va. 

Richard E. Oppel 

Newark, N.J. 

flshton H. Ormes 

Odenton, Md. 

John L. Pappas 

Toano, Va. 

Robert H. Parent 

S. Attleboro, Mass, 

John R. Parsons 

Cape Charles, Va, 

Bruce A. Pates, III 

Springfield, Va, 

Robert W. Patrick 

Richmond, Va. 

David W. Payne 

Washington, D,C, 

Carl R. Perelli-Minetti 

Petaluma, Calif, 

Edgar J. T. Pcrrow 

Hurt, Va. 

Charles B. Perry, II 

Danville, Va. 

Anatole Petruczok 

Eden, N.Y. 


William R. Purcell 

Richmond. Va. 
Robert F. E. Quinlan 
Plainview, N.Y. 
Bruce E. Rambo 

Arlington, Va. 

Robert B. Randle, II 

Vienna, Va. 

Sol W. Rawls, III 

Franklin, Va. 

Claude L. Reynolds, Jr. 

Martinsville, Va. 

William B. Richardson, II 

Roanoke, Va. 

George H. Ritko 

Newport News, Va. 

Michael B. Robblea 

Falls Church, Va. 
Robert A. Rolfe 
Richmond, Va. 
Richard E. Schellhammer 
Parsippany, N.J. 
William S. Scherer 
Arlington, Va. 
Kent Schlussel 
Portsmouth, Va. 

David K. Schmidt 

Akron, 0. 
Donald C. Seay 
Goshen, Va. 
Ronald W. Seyford 
Staunton, Va. 
John C. Shackelford 
Lilian, Va. 
Michael D. Shealy 
Virginia Beach, Va. 

John J. Sheedy, Jr. 

Jersey City, N.J. 
James W. Shelby 
Kailua, Hawaii 
Michael F. Sheu 
Mount Kisco, N.Y. 
Rodney F. Shu 
Alexandria, Va. 
Harland E. Sisler, Jr. 
Rahway, N.J. 

Julian H. Smith, Jr. 

Selma, Ala. 
Terry R. Smith 
Criders, Va. 
Edwin A. Snead, II 
Clifton Forge, Va. 
George M. Snead, III 
Fairfax. Va. 
James R. Spacek 
Portsmouth, Va. 

Robert J. Sperberg 

Potomac. Md. 
Thomas N. Spink, Jr. 
Buenos Aires, Argentina, S.A. 
Robert B. Spore 
Virginia Beach, Va. 
Daniel T. Stephens 
Bethel Park, Pa. 
Linwood N. Steverson 
Virginia Beach, Va. 


The Second Class 

William C. Strickland 

Portsmouth, Va. 
Carl A. Strock 
Hampton, Va. 

John J. Tice, IV 

Charleston, S.C. 

David J. Trenholm 

Newport News, Va. 

Edwin R. Trinkle 

Vienna, Va. 

Whiteman S. Truette, III 

Albemarte, N.C. 

Carson L. Tucker 

Newport News, Va. 

Gary P. Tyler 

Staunton, Va. 

Jerry R. Van Lear 

Staunton. Va. 

Roland H. Vaughan 

Tuskegee, Ala. 

Joseph E. Vojtecky 

Natrona Heights. Pa. 

Jonathan S. Vordermark, II 

Lompoc, Calif. 

Alvin W. Wadford, Jr. 

Kenbridge, Va. 

Warren C. Wagner 

Petersburg, Va. 


Charles W. Walker 

Norfolk, Va. 
Richard R. Walker 
Virginia Beach, Va. 
George H. Warden, Jr. 
Stanaford, W.Va. 
Gerald L. Waterman, Jr. 
APO New York, N.Y. 

John S. Waters 
Arlington, Va. 
John C. Watson, Jr. 
Raphine, Va. 
Joseph H. Way, Jr. 
Richmond, Va. 
Gary A. Welshaar 
Crewe, Va. 

The Second Class 

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Frederick M. Werth, Jr. 
Marion Va 
Donnie E. Wheatley 
Covington Va 
Frank H. Whitenack, IV 
Burlington, N C 

Robert H. Wieler 

Syosset LI NY 
Gordon E. Williams 
Park Ridge III 
William P. Williams 

Rochester Mich 

Charles L. Wills, Jr. 
Roanoke Rapids N C. 
Donald V. W. Wills 
Richardson, Tex. 
Crofton B. Wilson 
Arlington, Va. 

Kenneth R. Wilson 

Brecksville, 0. 
Jerry S. Woo 
Richmond, Va. 
Michael M. Wood 

Virginia Beach, Va. 

Robert L. Wood 

Greenbelt, Md. 
George Yurchak, Jr. 
Arlington, Va. 
Thomas H. Zarges 

Flourtown, Pa. 


The Third Class 

Not in the clamor of the crowded street 
Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, 
But in ourselves, are triumph and defeat. 


The class of 1971 is hesitant to look back upon what has passed with any 
marked degree of nostalgia. We are reluctant to praise the year gone by as a 
valued one. We feel ill at ease in projecting the leaders of yesterday into one 
idealized future. We move slowly, cautiously, and deliberately. Yet we move in 
one direction, guiding our energies, our potentials, and indomitable vigor away 
from what most of us feel was the stasis of yesteryear. 

Each and every year the third class attempts to recollect all the facts and 
episodes of its "rat" year into one compendium of reader-digest humor and 
fondest memories. They usually succeed in telling their story with ingenious 
semantics. They draw their picture with a divergence of colorings, touching 
both ends of the spectrum. 

Now it Is our turn to do the same. But as we go to pick up our instruments 
of expression we find that the ink-well has gone dry and our brushes are 
hardened with cracked oils and paints. It seems our story has been told. 

The class of 1971 does not wish to rehash its tradition. The ratline is the 
ratline, with its innumerable inconveniences and its immeasurable value to the 
individual. The class privileges are self-explanatory, they come with the passing 
of time and demand little but patience and tolerance. We accept these aspects 


Bobby Lockridge 

of VMI. We respect them. Yet we feel compelled to go beyond that which is 
expected of us. We are urged by the voices which are silenced by the rants 
and raves of "Rah Virginia Mil . . ." to say something more. And we do so. 

We often find ourselves passing judgment on VMI, a judgment which is 
usually unqualified and invariably prejudiced. Spending one year at the Institute 
is hardly enough time to render the thoughtful opinions and admissible com- 
ments which are asked of us. The system and its workings were seen through 
the bewildered eyes of an abashed and confounded freshman— the rat. There- 
fore, the third class will neither praise nor criticize the system until we have 
had time to see it in a valid perspective. 

However, there is one single matter which does not need four years of 
experience to comment on; one single matter to which we the class of 1971 
hold in the highest esteem: Character. Longfellow said that it is nurtured 
in the personal triumphs and defeats of our lives. We know well what he 
means. We know well the significance of the word. We know well the salience 
of its connotation. Consequently, we shall never forget that word. In the future 
our actions will hopefully exemplify it. In short, character becomes our class 
above all other desired qualities. We shall never let the "system" and its 
numerous practicalities become so important and so overpowering that we lose 
sight of our integrity and rectitude. It happens too easily. We are the Class 
of 1971 ... and we shall remain the Class of 1971— to the end. 

The Third Class 

James L. Adams 

Springfield, Va. 

Samuel T. Adams, Jr. 

The Plains, Va. 

James H. Aldous, Jr. 

Jacksonville, Fla. 

David G. Allen 

Clarksburg, W.Va. 

Philip D. Allum 

Indianapolis, Ind. 

Mark C. Anderson 

Arlington, Va. 

Edward W. Artiglia 

March AFB, Calif. 

Andrew N. Ash 

Williamsburg, Va. 

John L. Ashman 

Fullerton, Calif. 

William A. Atkinson 

Akron, 0, 

Robert E. Balch 

Richmond, Va. 

Steven E. Ballowe 

Lynchburg, Va. 

Fred E. Banister, Jr. 

Portsmouth, Va. 

Lundy M. Barkley, Jr. 

Churchville, Va. 

Charles R. Barksdale, Jr. 

Petersburg, Va. 

Michael J. Baxter 

APO San Francisco, Calif. 

Emery E. Baya 

Tampa, Fla. 

Alexander A. Bearov, IV 

Winchester, Va. 

William G. Beattie 

Front Royal, Va. 

William D. Beckner 

Hagerstown, Md. 


Frank E. Caruso 

Alexandria, Va. 

James C. Caul 

Waynesboro, Va. 

John B. Caulfield 

Washington, D.C. 

Robert S. Chrlstensen, Jr. 

Reva, Va. 

Richard G. Clampitt 

Dallas, Tex. 

Richard L. Clary 

Richmond, Va. 

Kenneth H. Coleman 

Appomattox, Va. 

Alan H. Cook 

Staunton, Va. 

David C. Coulter 

Roanoke, Va. 

Christopher M. Councill 

Franklin, Va. 

Louis J. Cowardin, Jr. 

Richmond, Va. 

Wallace G. Cox, Jr. 

Sandston, Va. 

The Third Class 

George J. Dancigers 

New Rochelle, N.Y 

Albert M. Davis 

Virginia Beach, Va 

Calvin R. Depew, Jr. 

Staunton, Va 

John H. Donahoe 

Virginia Beach, Va 

Russell H. Driskill, Jr. 

Rustburg, Va. 

Reid M. Dudley 

Arlington, Va. 

James M. Dunlap, Jr. 

Lynchburg, Va. 

John A. Ebeling, Jr. 

Clifton, Va. 

Robert E. Echols 

Danville, Va. 

Jan L. Essenburg 

Warsaw, Ind. 

Wayne A. Faires 

Gloucester, 0. 

Gregory A. Fischer 

Hopewell, Va. 

Thomas A. Fitzgerald 
Hampton, Va. 
Robert C. Flanagan 

Alexandria, Va. 

Stephen C. Fogleman 

Alexandria, Va. 
Charles T. Forrest 

Evanston, III. 

Paul D. Fraim 

Norfolk, Va. 
Douglas C. France, III 
Lexington, Va. 

Sidney G. Friend, Jr. 

Falls Church. Va. 
Edward Frothingham, III 
Aiea Oahu, Hawaii 
Macdowell I. Garrett 
Roanoke, Va. 
John W. Gatewood 
Newport News, Va. 
Ronald L. Gault, Jr. 
Richmond, Va. 

James D. Gearhart 

Roanoke, Va. 
William H. Gentry, II 
Blacksburg, Va. 
Paul F. Gibson 
Falls Church, Va. 
William L. Ginder 
Dallas, Texas 
Roy M. Glass, Jr. 
Hopewell, Va. 

Timothy P. Golden 

Norfolk, Va. 
Steven W. Good 
Dayton, Va. 

Sargent J. Goodpasture 
Manassas, Va. 
Rorer J. Grant 
Danville, Va. 
James S. Gray 
Virginia Beach, Va. 

Ralph B. Groome 

Matoaca, Va. 
David M. Guffey 
Lima, 0. 
John 0. Guthrie 
Portsmouth, Va. 
Thomas F. Guthrie, III 
Belmar, N.J. 
Thomas W. Hall 
Ladysmith, Va. 

Robert D. Kardlan 

Richmond, Va. 
Frederick M. Kay 
Richmond, Va. 
James R. Kelly 
Pulaski, Va. 
Jerome F. Kelly 
Reedville, Va. 

David H. Kennedy 

Chambersburg. Pa. 
Malcolm T. Kerley 
Falls Church, Va. 
David R. King 
Girard, Pa. 
Samuel H. Kirby, Jr. 
Wytheville, Va. 

Philip A. Kllm 

Johnstown, Pa. 
John G. R. Kreamer 
Moorestown, N.J. 
David J. Krug 
Gales Ferry, Conn. 
Robert R. LaMoe 
Minneapolis, Minn. 

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Thomas L. Loizzi 

Portsmouth, Va. 
Windsor C. Lynch, III 
Cherry Hill, N.J. 
Michael 0. Maler 
Rochester, N.Y. 

Steven M. Marks 

Panama, Canal Zone 
Thomas E. Martenstein 
Richmond, Va. 
Michael G. Martin 

Montgomery, Ala. 

Jackson W. Landham, III 

Griffin, Ga. 
David A. Lawler 
Orange, Va. 
Thomas W. Lawson 
Appomattox, Va. 
Terry L. Leake 
Luray, Va. 
Ronald L. Lewis 
Roanoke, Va. 

Allen K. Lindsay 
Arlington, Mass. 
Charles B. Lindsey 
Alexandria, Va. 
Richard B. Littleton, Jr. 
Covington, Va. 
Richard M. Lloyd 
Springfield, Va. 
Robert S. Lockridge, Jr. 
Lynchburg, Va. 

The Third Class 

Harry C. Mason, Jr. 

Orange, Va, 

Stephen C. Matthews 

Robins AFB, Ga. 

Robert V. Mazzon 

Trenton, N.J 

Robert N. McEwan 

Bluemont, Va 

John M. McGuigan, Jr. 

Devon, Pa 

Donald R. McMath 

Cape Charles. Va 

Ronald L. Meng 

Perkiomenville, Pa 

John R. Metzger 

Falls Church, Va. 

Ned M. Mikula 

Virginia Beach. Va. 

Douglas B. Miles 

Lewisberry, Pa. 

Kirk C. Miller, III 

Fairfax, Va. 

Scott S. Miller 

Richmond. Va. 

Herbert H. Moore, III 

Roanoke, Va. 

James D. Morefield 

Abingdon, Va. 

Kirk R. Murray 

Charlottesville. Va. 

James R. Neale 

Arlington, Va. 

James M. Neikirk 

Norfolk, Va. 

John T. Nelsen, II 

Green Bay, Vtfis. 

Robert C. Neville 

Blairs, Va. 

John H. Nilon 

Clearwater, Fla. 

John P. Noon 

Hyattsville, Md. 

Michael T. North 

Charlottesville, Va. 

Marion D. Oakley, Jr. 

Richmond, Va. 

Barry L. O'Donnell 

Richmond. Va. 


Dennis P. O'Geary 

Rochester, III. 
Edward P. O'Loughlln, II 
Pompton Plains, N.J. 
Walter S. Otwell 
Portsmouth, Va. 

Paul L. Pace 

Pittsburgh, Pa. 
Loyd R. Padgett, Jr. 
Roanoke, Va. 
Oscar E. Padgett 

Bedford, Va. 

Mark fl. Palmar 
Martinsburg, W.Va. 
James G. Pasco 
Richmond, Va. 
John M. Paton 
Alexandria, Va. 

Edward J. Patrick 
Salem, Va. 
Charles F. Pearman 
Richmond, Va. 
Daniel E. Peer 
Vienna, Va. 

James W. Pendleton 

Roanoke, Va. 
Brewster Perry, Jr. 
Ivoryton, Conn. 
Jeffrey C. Peters 

Lexington, Va. 

Douglas N. Petersen 

Virginia Beach, Va. 
Robert N. Petrola 
Oceanside, N.Y. 
Aaron R. Phillips 

Nitro, W.Va. 

Robert M. Pickral 

Lexington, Va. 
Kenneth R. Piernick 
West Springfield, Va. 
Allen R. Potts, Jr. 

Richmond. Va. 

The Third Class 

Stephen C. Price 

Falls Church, Va. 

Joseph C. Pritchard 

Alexandria. Va. 

Christopher C. Rackley 

Mineral, Va. 

Medford G. Ramey, Jr. 

Richmond, Va. 

Richard E. Randolph 

Martinsville, Va. 

Charles A. Raymaker 

Richmond, Va. 

Lewis F. Rea 

Bethel Park, Pa. 

James L. Reid, Jr. 

Vienna, Va. 

Craig D. Rhodes 

APO New York, N.Y. 

Stephen L. RIngenberg 

Richmond, Ind. 

George H. Robbins, Jr. 

AltaVista, Va. 

Charles C. Roder, Jr. 

Arlington, Va. 

Michael G. Rogers 

Glasser, N.J. 

William C. Rose 

Clinton, N.C. 

James M. Rovito 

Danbury, Conn. 

Douglas L. Rowe 

Richmond, Va. 

Bruce A. Rush 

Haysi, Va. 

Stephen L. Sanetti 

Hicksville, N.Y. 

John W. Saunders 

Sandston, Va. 

Geoffrey G. Shelhorn 

Alexandria, Va. 
David L. Schrader 
Glen Rock, N.J. 
Michael D. Shriver 
Bethesda, Md. 
George R. Sebekos 
Seaford, L.I., N.Y. 

Richard E. N. Sedwick 

Luray, Va. 

James S. Sefick 

Cambria Heights, NY. 

Arthur J. Shelter, Jr. 

Decatur. Ga. 

Charles H. Shomo, II 

Aledo, Tex. 

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William F. Siebert, III 

Setauket, LI., N.Y. 
Howard K. Simmons 
Alexandria, Va. 
John W. Sloan, III 
Mobile, Ala. 
Alvin E. Smith 
Newport News, Va. 

IVIichael A. Smith 
Triangle, Va. 
Randall L Snow 
Ruckersville, Va. 
Robert J. Snyder 
Springfield, Va. 
Gary W. Sender 
Broadway, Va. 

Charles T. Sowers 

Martinsburg W Va 
Richard J. Spence 
Coopersburg Pa 
Francis M Spnnkel Jr. 
Mechamcsville Va 
James H. Sprouse, III 
Charlottesville, Va 

Richard M. Staley 
Arlington, Va. 
William L. Stallings 
Convent, N.J. 
Richard R. Stegemerten 
Bethesda, Md. 
William J. Stermer 
Newport, R.I. 
William M. Stith, III 
Waverly, Tenn. 

Randolph D. Stowe 

Raleigh, N.C. 
Michael A. Strickland 
Portsmouth, Va. 
Michael M. Strickler 
Virginia Beach, Va. 
Robert J. Sublett 
Lynchburg, Va. 
Robert W. Sydnor 
Lynchburg, Va. 

Joseph B. Tarlton 

Mount Pleasant, N.C. 
Alan I. Tashima 
Honolulu, Hawaii 
Donald E. league, Jr. 
Easton, Md. 
Richard W. Terry, Jr. 
Orange, Va. 
John F. Thomas 
Toledo, 0. 

Mark H. Thompson 

San Diego, Calif. 
Craig R. Toussaint 
Westfield, N.J. 
David S. Tribolet 
Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. 
Larry A. Truesdell 
Williamsburg, Va. 
Edward L. Tucker 
Richmond, Va. 


Steven L. Turner 

Portsmouth, Va. 

Burton R. Tuxford, II 

Tequesta, Fla. 

Gerald W. Upton 

Centreville, Va. 

Perry F. Van Hooser, III 

Woodbridge, Va. 

Reid S. Van Riper 

Dallas. Texas 

Charles M. Venable 

Cocoa Beach, Fla. 

Imre Volgyi 

Richmond, Va. 

Edward C. A. Wachtmeister 

Warrenton, Va. 

William F. Wadsworth, III 

Severna Park, Md. 

James S. Walker 

Gassaway, W.Va. 
John J. Walklet, III 
Williamsburg, Va. 
John A. Wall, Jr. 
High Point, N.C. 

Duront A. Walton, Jr. 

Richmond, Va. 

Walter J. Ward, III 

Cleveland Heights, 0. 

John B. Watterson 

Littleton, Colo. 

James E. Westbrook 

Courtland, Va. 

Rolfe D. White 

Front Royal. Va. 

Herbert G. Whitley 

Portsmouth, Va. 

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The Third Class 

William G. Wickun 

Milford, Conn. 
Larry C. WIese 
Huntsville, Tex. 
James H. Wilder, II 

Bonita, Calif. 

Douglas L. Wilkinson, Jr. 

Clarksville, Va. 
John M. Willis, III 
San Antonio, Tex. 
William H. Willis, III 

Chase City, Va. 

James P. Wise 

South Hill, Va. 
Robert E. Wiseman 
Harrisonburg, Va. 
Timothy L. Wofford 

Summit, N.J. 

Samuel T. Wright 

Arlington, Va. 
Melvin I. Years 
Newark, N.Y. 
Kenneth A. Yorgey 
Boyertown, Pa. 

John R. Youell 

San Juan, P.R. 
Andrew M. Yurchak 
Nesquehoning, Pa. 
John L. Zirkle 

Round Hill, Va. 

The Fourth Class 

Unlike the freshmen before us, we were not permitted the 
thrill of the ratline until we hit the fourth stoop. Hot and humid 
August did little to make our coming experiences any more 
pleasant. Existing on or in spite of salt tablets, short snoozes, 
and a hearty "good morning" from our cadre sergeants, we 
somehow miraculously staggered through those first seven days 
of simulated hell. The rat picnic, three days after our arrival, 
was the only reprieve from the demanding life into which we 
were initiated. Upon our return from those six hours of freedom, 
we began to anticipate the return of the Old Corps four days 

What a relief when the Old Corps returned!(?) Classes com- 
menced; the time available for military training was considerably 
reduced. Yet, with polishing and studying vying for our attention, 
we found that academics were not easy. Helped through the first 
turbulent weeks by our dykes, we gradually settled into a routine 
broken only by the excitement of cheer rallies and football 

During the first semester, to our amazement, there were some 
temporary escapes from the hard and unrelenting ratline. 
Opening Hops were welcomed by everyone and proved that girls 
still existed. The second happening. Parents' Weekend, was even 
more enthusiastically welcomed. The rat mixer gave each of us 
the opportunity to discover the flowering and budding beauties 
of the surrounding girls' colleges. And then it came ... the 
Corps trip to Richmond. With the exception of those poor souls 
on confinement, we enjoyed a weekend free from the rigid 
discipline of VMI. The trip to Roanoke proved just as fulfilling, 
primarily because of the party given for us by the third class. 
The weekend following the trip, we experienced the Class of 
70's Ring Figure and the long look forward to our own, a 
seemingly impossible two years away, was born. 

With December came exams. We faced these final 
trials with mixed emotions, but at the completion of the 
nine grueling days, we were released for our long-awaited 
Christmas vacation, and for nearly three weeks all was 

Our return in January brought about an aspect of VMI 
we had not before considered. We felt for the first time 
the depression and loneliness inherent in the return from 
furlough, and we experienced the endless monotony of 
the "Dark Ages". We thought of those who had not re- 
turned; we felt a sense of pride that we had decided to 

Midwinters weekend came so slowly that it seemed it 
would never arrive. It was over so quickly that it seemed 
as if it had never been. Our thoughts were now directed 
toward one night in March when we would become a 
class. We were surprised, however, when the end of the 
ratline came in late February by administrative decree. 
Our class showed its spirit and its support of the first 
class by rejecting the traditional ceremonies. 

After Spring furlough, it became obvious that we had 
made a place for ourselves. When we elected the officers 
who were to lead our class through the next three years. 

we learned that becoming a class brought not only privileges, 
but responsibilities as well. 

White ducks, Easters, and FTX passed, and, before we knew it, 
the horrifying spectre of examinations loomed again. To our 
surprise we found that time can pass quickly, even at VMI. As 
our dykes gave their last class yell, our thoughts turned not 
only to the experiences ws had shared with them, but to the 
distant future and to the day when we too would complete the 
unique VMI cycle. 

The Fourth Class 

Jackson M. Ahlstedt 

Miami, Fla. 

Charles M. Alberto, Jr. 
Charlotte, N.C. 
Bradford W. Allen 
Birmingham, N.J. 
Frederick C. Allison 
Eaton, 0. 

William D. Andrews 
Farmville, Va. 

John S. Archer, III 

Midlothian, Va. 
Christopher M. Arey 
Bethesda, Md. 
John B. Ashcraft 
Atlanta, Ga. 
Gennaro A. Aveta, Jr. 
Flemmgton, N.J. 
Francis W. Bacon, III 
Portsmouth Va. 

James M. Barker 

Ellsworth AFB, S.D. 
James H. Barnes, Jr. 
Martinsville, Va. 
James B. Bartley 
Hampton, Va. 
Robert P. Bartley 
North Brunswick, N.J. 
Norris W. Bass 
Lynchburg, Va. 

Frederic L. Bauer 

Williamsburg, Va. 
Ralph M. Beerbower 
Uniontown, Pa. 
William R. Beerbower 
Bridgeport, W.Va. 
Vernon L. Beitzel 
Grantham. Pa. 
James R. Bell, Jr. 
Front Royal, Va. 

Thomas M. Belton 

Rockledge, Fla. 

Robert B. Benham 

Honeoye Falls, N.Y. 

Robert A. Benson 

Coudersport, Pa. 

James L. Bersson 

Falls Church, Va. 

Richard K. Bishop, Jr. 

Jacksonville, Fla. 

Raymond E. Blair, Jr. 

Rockville, Md. 

Steven C. Blair 

Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Charles L. Board, Jr. 

Wilmington, Del. 

Richard J. Bolus 

Louisville, Ky. 

Arthur P. Bona, Jr. 

Alexandria, Va. 

Ronald H. Church 

Big Stone Gap, Va. 
Philip E. Clayton 

Lexington, Va. 

Timothy R. Cleland 

Albuquerque, N.M. 

John M. Cobb 

Boyce, Va. 

William C. Collier 

Fairfax, Va. 

Kim B. Colls 

Vinton, Va. 

Richard G. Condit 

McLean, Va. 

David E. Condon, Jr. 

Denbigh, Va. 

Charles E. Conklin, Jr. 

Roanol<e, Va. 

William K. Cooper 

Gibsonia, Pa. 

Raymond G. Craigmiles 

Colton, Calif. 

Stanford W. Crane, Jr. 

Montville, N.J. 

Charles C. Crim 

New Market, Va. 

Joel P. Crowe 

Portsmouth, Va. 

William D. Cupit 

Portsmouth, Va. 

Noland S. Cutler, III 

Newport News, Va. 

Kevin A. Daigh 

Goochland, Va. 

William E. Daniel, III 

Richmond, Va. 

Thomas T. Daniels 

Bon Air, Va. 

Douglas M. Davenport 

Cincinnati, 0. 

Andrew L. Davis 

Raymond, Me. 

Robert A. Depew 

Staunton, Va. 

Richard H. Deranek, Jr. 

Alexandria, Va. 

Joseph A. Derie, II 

Acton, Mass. 

Talmage L. Dillon 

Winston-Salem, N.C. 

Jon R. DiMarco 

Washington. D.C. 

James F. Doyle, Jr. 

Virginia Beach. Va. 

Gerald R. Dudeck 

Arlington, Va. 



Robert E. Duncan 

Atlanta, Ga. 
William H. Dunlap 
Lexington, Va. 
Paul G. Dunn 
Flushing, NY. 
John E. Durst 
Lyons, Ga. 
Stephen B. Dzialo 
Triangle, Va. 

Walter A. Edens, Jr. 
Richmond, Va. 
Thomas A. Edwards 
Oxon Hill, Md. 
Chester F. Elliot, III 
Franklin, N.J. 
James P. Embrey 
The Plains, Va. 
Gary L. Entsminger 
Lexington, Va. 

Robert L. Fagge, II 

Brattleboro, Vt. 
Clayborne P. Fauber 
Waynesboro. Va. 
Richard H. Faught 
Bridgeville, Pa. 
Robert T. Ferguson, III 
Charlotte, N.C. 
John F. Fick, III 
Triangle, Va. 

Marc L. Fielder 
Roanoke, Va. 
Camden R. Fine 
Jefferson City, Mo. 
Douglas C. Finlayson 
Rockville, Md. 
William M. Finney 
Roanoke, Va. 
Scott C. Fleetwood 
Dover, Del. 

Dale M. Flick 

Fort Knox, Ky. 
Richard W. Flowers 

Findlay, 0. 

Frank L. Foley 

Hopewell. Va. 
Larry H. Foster 
Warrenton, Va. 

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William C. Foster 

Martinsville. Va. 
John R. Freeman, Jr. 

Richmond. Va. 

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John W. Freiermuth 

New City, N.Y. 

Walter E. Galanty, Jr. 

Detroit, iVlicti. 

David S. Galbraith 

Kalamazoo. Mich. 

Barry A. Garland 

Upton, Mass. 

Michael E. Gaulding 

Tehran, Iran 

George W. Goodrow, III 

Staunton, Va. 

Har[7 W. Gore, Jr. 

Hampton, Va. 

Robert M. Gore 

APO San Francisco, Calif. 

Paul A. Gorski 

North Haven. Conn. 

Williani P. Greene 

Charles City. Va. 

Gregory M. Griffith 

Aurora. 0. 

Richard C. Griffith 

Fairfax, Va. 

Peter F. Grojean 

McLean, Va. 

Shawn P. Grumblatt 

Covington, Va. 

Scott T. Haas 

Granada Hills. Calif. 

Richard A. Hack 

Ft. Lewis, Wash. 

Randall A. Haines 

Loveland. 0. 

Charles B. Hall 

Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. 

David B. Hall 

Falls Church, Va. 

Frederick P. A. Hammersen 

El Paso, Tex. 

Jack K. Hamsher, Jr. 

Chambersburg, Pa. 
Andrew L. Hannah, Jr. 
Charleston, S.C. 
George W. Harrell 
Charlottesville, Va. 
Brinton K. Harrison 
Woodbridge. Va. 
Lee R. Harrison 
Lexington, Va. 
Roger 0. Hart 
Chase City, Va. 

Thomas C. Hathaway, III 

Chesapeake, Va. 
Zeno F. Henningcr 
Warren, Pa. 
Gerard W. Higgins 
Pearl River, N.Y. 
Lee 0. Hill, Jr. 
Rogers, Ark. 
Carsten H. Hillson 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
Francis S. Hinchion 
Potomac, Md. 

Steve E. Hively 

Bridgewater, Va. 
Charles E. Hock, Jr. 
Richmond, Va. 
Charles F. Holsen 
Green Valley, Ariz. 
Jacob G. Hornberger, Jr. 
Laredo Tex. 
James G. S. Home 
Ft. Monmouth, N.J. 
Lawrence E. Houseworth 
Springfield, Va. 

Wade L. Houston 

Ramsey, N.J. 

James E. Hubbard, Jr. 

Baltimore, Md. 

John P. Hughes, IV 

Lynchburg, Va. 

Stanley 0. Huie 

Bedford, Mass. 

Adolph H. Humphreys, Jr. 

Alexandria, Va. 

Steven D. Hunt 

Lancaster, Pa. 

James C. Ingram 

Hampton, Va. 
William Irby 
Blackstone, Va. 
Larry R. Jefferson 
Martinsville, Va. 
Miles S. Johnson, Jr. 
Richmond, Va. 
Christopher R. Jones 
Dallas, Tex. 
Richard S. Jones 
Mt. Holly, N.J. 

James G. Kellam, Jr. 

Virginia Beach, Va. 
Richard M. Kennedy 
FPO New York, N.Y. 
James C. Kidd, Jr. 
Dahlonega, Ga. 
Michael E. King 
Portsmouth, Va. 
William E. Kinne 
Skaneateles, N.Y. 

Christopher J. KInsler 

New Orleans, La. 
Theodore J. Kirk 
Barboursville, W.Va. 
William L. Kirk, Jr. 
Corona, Calif. 
Haruey M. Kneisc 
Phoenixville, Pa. 
Joseph H. Knick 
Staunton, Va. 

George Kosovic, Jr. 

Haddonfield, N.J. 
Thomas W. Kowalski 
Jacksonville Beach, Fla, 
Arthur E. LaGarde, Jr. 

Springfield, Va. 

Graydon T. Lahmers 

Massillon, 0. 
Ronnie 0. Lau 
Hong Kong, B.C.C. 
Thomas P. Lauery 
Uniontown, Pa. 

Peter I. Leadbetter, II 

Hopewell, Va 

D. Patrick Ledford 

New Brighton, Pa 

Tommy E. Leemon 

Noilolk, Va 

Roger R. Lodi 

York, Pa. 

Joseph M. Logan 

Easton, Md. 

William H. Long 

Jacksonville, Fla. 

Robert A. Lynch 

Melbourne, Fla. 

Douglas B. MacLean 

Friendly, Md. 

Robert M. MacMeccan, Jr. 

Hampton, Va. 

Dewey L. Marker 

Hopwood, Pa. 

Joseph E. Martin, Jr. 

Lexington, Va. 

John H. Martin, Jr. 

Richmond, Va. 

Robert W. Massie, Jr. 

Glasgow, Va. 

Robert E. Maxfield 

Fairfax, Va. 

Walter H. Meier, III 

Cincinnati, 0. 

Jack G. Miller 

Newport News, Va. 

Richard J. Minor 

Prince George, Va. 

John M. Mitchell 

Nashville, Tenn. 

Thomas 6. Moncure 

Alexandria, Va. 

James P. Monos, Ji. 

Shippensburg, Pa. 

Terry G. Montgomery 

Boulder City, Nev. 

William P. Moore, Jr. 

Richmond, Va. 

John D. Moorhead 

Lynchburg, Va. 

Joseph D. Morgan 

Cristobal, Canal Zone 

Francis M. Mullen, Jr. 

Springfield, Va. 

William L. Mundie, Jr. 

Springfield, Va. 

Marshall W. Muros 

Springfield, Va. 

Christopher C. Murphy 

Wilson, N.C. 

Marvin E. Murphy 

Aliquippa, Pa. 

Irvin C. Murray, III 

Oxon Hill Md 

Robert A. Murray, III 

Cannonsburg Pa 

Stephen Naar 

Panama, Republic of Panama 

Joseph P. Nealon 

Hampton, Va. 

Douglas A. Nichols 

Winchester, Va. 

Thomas A. Nogay 

Weirton, W.Va. 

Stephen C. Nunnally 

Old Bethpage, N.Y. 

Joseph L. O'Brien, Jr. 

Petersburg, Va. 

Michael J. Oglesby 

Richmond, Va. 

Warren T. Olde, Jr. 

Cranford, N.J. 

William A. Opipare 

Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Charles L. Overby 

Buena Vista, Va. 

James D. Pagones 

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

Jack R. Palmer 

Suffolk, Va, 

Steven W. Palmer 

Boylston, Mass, 

Ronald W. Pamperl 

Roanoke, Va. 

Louis S. Pappas 

Birmingham, Ala. 

Thomas W. Parkins 

Newark, Del. 


Harry R. Partridge 

Virginia Beach Va 

George R Patrick 

Lexington Va 

Richard A. Patterson 

McLean, Va. 

James A. Payne 

Chesapeake, Va. 

James C. Pettyjohn 

Lynchburg, Va. 
Randolph G. Piddington 

Blackwood, N.J. 

Mark H. Pieklik 

New Shrewsbury, N.J. 

Raymond M. Pinkard, Jr. 

Martinsville, Va. 

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Robert K. Pinkerton 

APO New York, N.Y. 
Richard S. Pitman 
Roanoke, Va. 
John Pittenger 
Miami, Fla. 
Harold W. Plott 
Lexington, Va. 
John T. Pool 
Richmond, Va. 

William H. Powley 

Silver Spring, Md. 
Lewis M. Preas 
Portsmouth, Va. 
Frank M. Price, Jr. 
Exeter, Va. 

Luther D. Pritchard, Jr. 
Hopewell, Va. 
Jose' A. Raffucci, Jr. 
Arecibo, P.R. 

William W. Spyker 

Blackstone, Va. 
Vaipot Srinual 
Washington, D.C. 
David A. Stauss 
Falls Church, Va. 
Robert V. Stranshy 
Beltsville, Md. 
Geoffrey A. Straugfin 
Round Pond, Me. 

Robert J. Ward 

Neptune, IM.J. 

Lynn S. Weihrauch 

Austin, Tex. 

Louis S. Welker 

Washington, D.C. 

Herman B. West, III 

Newport News, Va. 

Kenneth W. Wester 

Falls Ctiurch, Va, 

James J. Yolda, Jr. 

Warrenton, Va. 

Jacob H. Yost, III 

Winchester, Va. 

William N. Youel! 

San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Wayne S. Young 

Virginia Beach, Va. 

Keith M. Younger 

Fort Belvoir, Va. 

George B. Williams 

Newport News, Va. 

Christopher M. Williamson 

Arlington, Va. 

Thomas W. Williamson, Jr. 

Harrisonburg, Va. 

Richard W. Wilson 

Arlington, Va. 



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Regimental Commander 

Henry C. L'Orange 

Paul A. Curs 

Captain, S-3 

Raymond R. Hitchcock 

Captain, S-4 

Regimental Staff 

James P. Campbell 

gimental Sergeant IVIajor 

Lewis D. Henderson, Jr. 

Regimental Operations Sgt. 

Michael J. Ragland 

gimental Supply Sergeant 

Charles P. Becker 

Color Sergeant 

Regimental Band 

John W. Zunka 

Company Commander 

James W. Baker 


Vance J. Petrella 


Tom Arensdorf 
Gordon Bailey 
Bill Calfec 
Roger Call 
Nat Christian 
Bar Delk 
Jay Frey 
Hugh Hopkins 
Byron Nettrour 
Dick Newsom 
John Pearson 
Jerry Pence 
Henry Riegler 
Bill Samson 
Geoff Taylor 
Ray Thuman 
Win Winfree 
Brad Worthington 

Glen Birdsall 
Blick Blickensderfer 
Grey Chandler 
Jim Dawson 
Howie DeWolf 
Mike Ferrari 
Mark Gold 
Warren Grasty 
Ben Harvey 
Bob Hawthorne 
Chip Humphrey 
Tappey Jones 
Diehl Jones 
Dave Keller 
Bruce Kirchner 
Glen Kuntz 
Chips Lanier 
Jack Mace 
Bob Perelli Minetti 
Bruce Rambo 
Bob Randle 
Kent Schlussel 
Mike Shealy 
Neil Steverson 
Gary Tyler 
Jerry VanLear 
Warren Wagner 
Bob Wood 
Tom Zarges 

Jim Adams 
Mark Anderson 
Meredith Barkley 
Bill Beckner 
Luke Boyd 
Butch Bradshaw 
Greg Fischer 
Sid Friend 
Bill Ginder 

First Class Privates 

Phil Hannum 
John Haring 
Ross Jernigan 
Dave King 
Sam Kirby 
Bob Mazzoni 
Jeff Peters 
Doug Peterson 
Bob Petrola 
Bob Pickral 
Clyde Pritchard 
Chris Rackley 
Steve Ringenburg 
George Robbins 
Charlie Roder 
Bruce Rush 
John Saunders 
Dickie Sedwick 
Mike Smith 
Rich Staley 
Gerry Upton 
Ken Yorgey 

Jim Bell 
Bob Benham 
Rick Bishop 
Rees Bowen 
Richard Bryan 
Ed Channel 
John Cobb 
Ray Craigmiles 
Doug Davenport 
Clay Fauber 
Bill Finney 
Alan Fojt 
John Freiermufh 
George Goodrow 
Harry Gore 
Paul Gorski 
Tom Hathaway 
Zeno Henninger 
Charles Holsen 
Larry Houseworth 
Bill Kinne 
Harvey Kneisc 
George Kosovic 
Ronnie Lau 
Harry May 
Walter Meier 
Terry Montgomery 
Francis Mullen 
Doug Pritchard 
Don Rencsok 
Dave Stauss 
Jeremy Tyree 
Ed Vermes 
Jim Yolda 









Patrick D. King 



Raymond W. Ihienburg 

First Sergeant 

Ronald R. Wall 

Supply Sergeant 


Lt. Col. Leon McCall, Jr., Company Tactical Officer 

First Battalion 

Frank E. Novakowski 

Battalion Commander 

Robert B. Flowers 
Lieutenant, S-1 

Robert C. Maurer 

Lieutenant, S-3 

Frederick M. Downey, II 

Lieutenant, S-4 

William H. Tauskey 

Battalion Sergeant Major 

Maj. Charles R. Weaver 

Battalion Staff Advisor 

Dennis N. Witt, Jr. 

Battalion Operations Sgt. 

First Class Privates 

Bob Alexander 
Conner Ashby 
Lee Barnes 
Drew Brantley 
Chris Brothers 
Dave Bush 
Bob Byrne 
Mike Delaney 
Ken Fleming 
Don Hmshelwood 
Jay Hoenig 
Ken Houston 
Al KaliskI 
Paul KowalskI 
Gary Mackey 
Mac McLaughlin 
Rick Morris 
Don Nuttall 
Preston Painter 
Top Palmer 
Dave Prugh 
Larry Seekford 
Fred Smith 
Bob Sparks 
Ron Stultz 

Dave Axelson 
Gary Bubb 
Mike Carruth 
Skip Carver 
Bill Chiswell 
Rich Clary 
Tom Clingerman 
Rick Corbett 
Tex Curtis 
Chuck Davis 
Larry Dempsey 
Cy Dolph 
Chuck Forrest 
Tim Fowler 
Rory Frey 
Gene Freedman 
Dewey George 
Mike Gordon 
Tom Halliday 
Larry Hallman 
Bob Hockley 

Dave Hoffman 
Walt Ivkovich 
Randy Jones 
Scott Kinsey 
Tom Massey 
Lennie McClure 
Lee Moon 
Kerry Newberry 
Denny Donnell 
Bob Parent 
Ned Perrow 
Fred Phillips 
Waite Rawls 
Rod Shu 
Mike Sisler 
Steve Talley 
Carson Tucker 
Wilder Wadfcrd 
Gordon Williams 

Dave Allen 
John Ashman 
Mike Baxter 
Bill Seattle 
Carl Biersack 
Buzz Booker 
John Brayshaw 
Peter Broderson 
Pete Candler 
John Caulfield 
Dave Coulter 
Chris Councill 
George Dancigers 
Cal Depew 
John Ebellng 
Jan Essenburg 
Charlie Forrest 
James Gearharf 
Bill Gentry 
Bob Haywood 
Bill Jamieson 
Bob Jones 
Fred Kay 
John Kreamer 
Chuck Mason 
Tom Maxson 
Doug Miles 

Captain Estel E. Elklns 

Company Tactical Officer 

Scott Miller 
John Nilon 
John Noon 
Mike North 
Paul Pace 
Ed Patrick 
Ellsworth Roberts 
Billy Rose 
Dave Schrader 
Mike Schriver 
Howard Simmons 
Don Teague 
Rich Terry 
Larry Truesdell 
Ed Tucker 
Bill Wadsworth 
Jim Miese 
Jim Wilder 

Jack Ahlstedt 
Jim Bartley 
Wayne Bass 
Ralph Beerbower 
Jim Bersson 
Steve Breeding 
Craig Caldwell 
Walt Chalkley 
Dave Childers 
Tim Cleland 
Paul Dunn 
Walter Edens 
Bob Fagge 
Richard Faught 
Bob Ferguson 
Camden Fine 
Scott Fleetwood 
Mike Gaulding 
Rick Griffith 
Carsten Hillson 
Hank Humphreys 
Steve Hunt 
Albert Johnson 
Mike King 
Tom Kirk 
Joe Martin 
Jim McKain 
Dave Moorhead 
Steve Naar 
Doug Nichols 
Steve Nunnally 
Tip Palmer 
Louis Pappas 
George Patrick 
Randy Piddington 
Raymond Pinkard 
John Pittenger 
Bill Reed 
Bill Schafer 
Bob Schwartz 
Wilber Smith 
Jim Snead 
Sterling Spencer 
Vaipot Srinual 
John Styer 
Mike Teubner 
Bill Thedford 
Louis Theimer 
Harry Topliss 
Richard Valentine 
Steve Walker 
Don Wetzel 
Courtenay Wheeler 
Charlie Wielgus 
Frank Woollard 
Wayne Young 

Alpha Company 

Harry W. Butler, III 


Lloyd W. McGrady 


Mark L. Griffin 

Executive Officer 

Michael V. ffarper 

Company Commander 

A. Michael Dean 


Harold C. Fleischer, III 

First Sergeant 

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George M. Brydon, III 

Supply Sergeant 

William R. DeWitI 

First Sergeant 

David H. Altizer 

Robert C. Leibecke, Jr. 




Bill Bailey 
Lew Boggs 
Gary Braswell 
Frank Breault 
Charlie Bryan 
Tom Buckner 
Jim Chapman 
Warren Childress 
Phil Gardner 
Jim Gibson 
Dick Jeter 
Tom Jones 
Doug Luckett 
Neville Major 
Malone Parham 
Al Pond 

"B.A." Rennolds 
John Sheely 
John Stann 
Charlie Starnes 
Skip Steiner 
Lee Swats 
Thac Thacker 
Tim Timberlake 
John Tobia 
Bill Walther 

Phil Anderson 
Ed Andrews 
Al Bast 
Bob Blair 
Cliff Brooks 
Bill Bott 
Bob Brown 
Beau Cairo 
Terry Chewning 
Ralph Costen 
Paul Dickinson 
Bill Gearhart 
John Hill 
Will Huntley 
George Jones 
Dave Lawrence 
John Ludt 
Walt Massie 
Jim Mawyer 
Steve McAuliffe 
Dave Miller 
Ben Morris 
Dave Pittman 
Lou Reynolds 
Dick Schellhammer 
Bill Scherer 
Jack Sheedy 
Jim Shelby 
Mike Sheu 
"D.C." Tasker 
Chuck Thompson 
Colby Trammell 
Joe Vojtecky 
Bill Wiliams 
Mike Wood 

Gerry Acuff 
Bill Atkinson 
Steve Ballowe 
Charlie Barksdale 
Em Baya 
Terry Berglund 
Tom Beyer 
Bruca Boyden 
Ken Coleman 
Mark Conway 
Denny Czupryna 
Bobby Echols 
Paul Fraim 
Marty Healy 
Ross Horton 
Phil Klim 
Bob LaMoe 
Jack Landham 
Tcm Lawson 
Ned Mikula 
Kirk Murray 
Dennis O'Geary 
Ossie Padgett 
Mark Palmer 
Chuck Pearman 
Rives Potts 
Gary Souder 
Tom Sowers 
Murph Sorinkel 
Jay Sprouse 
Randy Stowe 
Mike Strickland 
Bobby Sublett 
Joe Tarlton 
Tux Tuxford 
Chuck Venable 
Bud Ward 
Bill Wickun 
Doug Wilkinson 
Pat Wise 

Charlie Alberto 
Chris Arey 
Steve Blair 
Charlie Board 
Dick Bolus 
Dan Bond 
Bill Bordwine 
Henry Bruno 
John Chewning 
Dave Condon 
Bill Cupit 
Bill Daniel 
Dick Deranek 
Bill Dunlap 
Ches Elliot 
Gary Entsminger 
Bill Fitzhugh 
Richard Flowers 
Greg Griffith 
Eric Hammersen 
Drew Hannah 
Georse Harrell 
Brinton Harrison 

Graham M. Parks 


Robert A. Habasevich 

Executive Officer 

Bravo Company 

James A. Puryear 

Company Commander 

Steve Hively 
Charlie Hock 
John Hughes 
Stan Huie 
Jim Kellam 
Chris Kinsler 
Tim Lahmers 
Tom Lavery 
Dawey Marker 
Alan McElroy 
Tom Moncure 
Jim Monos 
Bob Morriss 
Bill Opipare 
Jim Pagones 
Tom Parkins 
Dick Patterson 
Bob Pinkerton 
Dick Pitman 
Frank Price 
Val Satini 
Earl Selby 
John Short 
Mark Simmons 
Drake Slay 
Jeff Smith 
Sal Spada 
Earl Szydlowski 
Craig Taylor 
Jim VanLandingham 
Rich Vaughn 
Fred Walker 

Major David A. Noake 

Company Tactical Officer 

Charlie Company 

Robert A. Heely 

Company Commander 

Richard A. Snow 

Executive Officer 

Thomas J. Reynolds, II 


William A. Romanchick 




Skip Judd 

Khemie Khemayodhin 
George Lester 
Mike iVIahoney 
Kirk Materne 
Paul IVIathewson 
Mike IVIcCrory 
Scott MclVlillan 
Hal Moses 
Bruce Noel 
John Powers 
Nick Raymond 
Wayne Scholtes 
J. B. Tucker 
John Warwick 
Bobby Watts 
John Whitacre 

Ace Armstrong 
John Bailey 
Chip Bowden 
Tom Campbell 
Frank Cleaton 
Bob Costigan 
Steve Craddock 
Doug Davis 
Jim Dischinger 
Steve Friski 
Les Ginn 
Chip Hatcher 
Snake Hill 
John Jordan 
Jack Kern 
Tom Love 
Bert Mackenzie 
John McLemore 
Bob Moore 
Tom Morehouse 
Sugar Bear Neiley 
Jerry Nickelsburg 
Rick Oppel 
Charlie Perry 
Tony Petruczok 
Riker Purcell 
Tag Scott 
Ron Seyford 
Tom Spink 
Dan Stephens 
Randy Taylor 
Larry Thompson 
Ed Trinkle 
Sam Truette 
George Warden 
Gerry Waterman 
J. C. Watson 
Chucky Wills 

Ed Artiglia 
Alex Bsarov 
Bob BIsaillon 
J. D. Biggs 
Larry Brumback 
Bo Christensen 
James Dunlap 
Zeke Ellington 
Steve Fogleman 
Mac Garrett 
John Gatev»ood 
Paul Gibson 
James Gray 
Ralph Groome 
Paul Grumblatt 
Charlie Hamilton 
Tim Heilman 
Dave Honeywell 
Van Jolissaint 
Dave Lawler 
Ron Lewis 
Richard Lloyd 
Mike Maier 
Steve Marks 
James Pendleton 
Ken Piernick 
Mike Rogers 
Art Shelter 
Bob Snyder 
Richard Stegemerten 

Gerald J. Fresia 


David B. Hagan 


James W. Dixon 

First Sergeant 

First Class Privates 


Walter C. Laundon 

Supply Sergeant 

Bill Stermer 
Bill Stith 
Mike Strickler 
Al Tashima 
Dave Tribolet 
Steve Turner 
Pete Van Hooser 
John Waterman 
Herb Whitley 
Will Willis 
Tim Wofford 
Sam Wright 
Mike Years 

Bill Bacon 

Bob Benson 

Tommy Daniels 

Bob Duncan 

James Embrey 

John Fick 

Doug Finlayson 

James Flynn 

Bill Foster 

Randy Haines 

Charlie Hall 

James Home 

James Hubbard 

Bill Irby 

Tom Kowalski 

Pete Leadbetter 

Pat Ledford 

Tommy Leemon 

Roger Lodi 

Bill Long 

Bob Lynch 

Bob MacMeccan 

John Martin 

H. L. McCulloch 

Rich McNuft 

Jack Miller 

Joe Morgan 

Marv Murphy 

Robert Murray 

Joe Nealon 

Ron Pamperl 

H-iro:d Plott 

John Pool 

Kurt Renz 

Pete Rogers 

Robert Ruthven 

John Sayers 

Paul Sciacchitano 

Mike Schramm 

Tom Simpkins 

Archie Straughn 

John Sullivan 

Hugh Tucker 

Mr. "V" Vekavakayanondha 

Bob Ward 

Henty Whittle 

John Wierzbicki 

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Joseph G. Spicer, Jr. 

Lieutenant, S-1 

G. Nicholas Psimas, Jr. 

Lieutenant, S-3 

Thomas G. Blair, Jr. 

Battalion Sergeant Major 

Lt. Col. Clyde R. Cloar 

Batialion Staff Advisor 

Robert L. Flint 

Battalion Operations Sgt. 

Second Battalion 

0. Wayne Keesee 

Battalion Commander 

Gene Beale 
Don Bogard 
Deacon Boggs 
Art Bushey 
Tommy Catlett 
Wilt Chamberlain 
Michael Colozzi 
Dave Couch 
Craig Cresto 
John DuBose 
Joe Ecsi 
John Edenfield 
Joe Flanz 
Bruce Gregory 
Bob Hixon 
Joe Howard 
Tom Hudson 
Jim Hutcheson 
John Ishon 
Jay Jennings 
Mike Lamar 
Larry Lenz 
Bill McKelvey 
Rusty McNeill 
Don Nelson 
Thornton Newlon 
Corv Nohava 
Ben Parks 
Jim Pennline 
Wip Priest 
Clint Spencer 
Ron Stead 
Bob Waldo 
Courtney Welton 

Captain Barry W. Jenkins 

Company Tactical Officer 

A. C. Arnn 
Herb Braun 
Speed Candido 
Tommy Cook 
Clint Cowardin 
Dave Curry 
Ben Dick 
Ron Eagle 
Tommy Ferguson 
John Flemming 
Ned Haley 
Mike Hannum 
Ron Henry 
Luther Holloman 
Dan Ingelido 
Pete Knowles 
Al Leu 

Don McQueen 
Charlie Meybin 
Paul Munch 
Bill Murchison 
Rich Nowitzky 
Don Nuckols 
Bruce Pates 
Bob Patrick 
Dave Payne 
Bob Quinlan 
Tony Rolfe 
Dave Schmidt 
Don Seay 
John Schakelford 
Jim Spacek 
Bob Sperberg 
Jon Vordermark 
Charlie Walker 
Dixie Walker 
Steve Waters 

Gary Weishaar 

Andy Ash 
Bob Balch 
Fred Banister 
Walter Billings 
Denny Burnette 
Bill Buser 
Raymond Carter 
Rick Clary 
Lew Cowardin 
Wayne Faires 
Doug France 
Jess Goodpasture 
Dave Guffey 
Bill Hanna 
Jim Heely 
Gram Jarman 
Dave Kennedy 
Dave Lawrence 
Charlie Lindsey 
Gary Martin 
Spook Mays 
Ron Meng 
Dabney Oakley 
Barry O'Donnell 
Ed O'Loughlin 
Daw Peer 
Dickie Randolph 
Craig Rhodes 
James Rovioto 
Doug Rowe 
Steve Sanetti 
Jeff Schelhorn 
John Sloan 
Al Smith 

Bob Snow 
Bob Sydnor 
Mark Thompson 
Imre Volgyi 
John Willis 
Bob Wiseman 

Gennaro Aveta 
Robert Bailey 
Clyde Galkwin 
Stephen Baldwine 
James Barker 
James Barnes 
Robert Bartley 
Ted Bremer 
Irving Brittle 
Thomas Brock 
Tazewell Carrington 
Jeff Chell 
Kim Colls 
Richard Condit 
Noland Cutler 
Talmage Dillon 
Gerald Dudeck 
John Durst 
Chris Foster 
John Freeman 
Gerald Higgins 
Francis Hinchion 
George Hornberger 
Wade Houston 
Richard Jones 
Richard Kennedy 
Joseph Logan 
Edwin Mazzanti 
James McLeod 
Christopher Murphy 
Irvin Murray 
Michael Oglesby 
Charles Overby 
Steve Palmer 
Mark Pieklik 
Dwight Rowland 
Carlton Smith 
William Smith 
Louis Solomon 
William Sullivan 
Guy Thomas 
Chris Tompkins 
Ray Turner 
Richard Vogel 
John Walker 
Louis Welker 
Ken Wester 
Charles Wigner 
Thomas Williamson 
Mike Woloshuk 
Jacob Yost 

First Class Privates 

Delta Company 

Thomas E. Hickman 


Godfrey W. Updike, Jr. 


William R. Sears 

Executive Officer 

Graham Y. Moore, III 

Company Commander 

James G. Woods 


Henry N. Pedlgo, Jr. 



Robert G. Tanner 

Executive Officer 

Richard A. Mattozzi 


Frank B. Easterly 


James P. Totten 

Company Commander 

Echo Company 

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Bruce Beaulieu 
John Belt 
Bobo Biddle 
Billy Blandford 
Andy Bradley 
Gary Budd 
Lew Caudell 
Tom Coiyell 
Sugar Bear Deyerle 
Dale Evans 
Tony Gentile 
Glen Hammond 
Mike Hanna 
John Hart 
John Hardy 

First Class Privates 

Sammy Higginbotham 

Knox Hubard 

Kerr Kump 

Jimmy Long 

Ogie Maddox 

John Mitchell 

Joe Naselli 

John Pool 

Dave Reid 

John Simmons 

Bob Slay 

Glenn White 

Jack White 

KG Woodroof 

Mark Albright 
Bob Alger 
George Bach 
Rick Balderson 
Harry Bare 
Ashley Butler 
Dick Cabaniss 
Jim Coleman 
Judd Collier 
Don Crawford 
Cliff Davenport 
Peel Dillard 
Tim Farley 
J. D. Fauntleroy 
Joe Girlando 

Bobby Gregory 
Jodie Grimes 
Bob Grossman 
Dick Hamlet 
John Hoffman 
Ed Holmes 
Bill Huffman 
Mike Iwanik 
Chad Lash 
Jeff Lyon 
James Nelson 
Jim Nelson 
Tom Norris 
Ashton Ormes 
Dave Price 
Bill Richardson 
George Ritko 
Mike Robblee 
Bob Spore 
Kelly Sutton 
Jay Tice 
Dave Trenholm 
Hal Way 
Fred Werth 
Don Wills 
Crofton Wilson 
Ken Wilson 
Jerry Woo 

James Aldous 
William Berkness 
Craig Biegel 
Monty Blankenship 
Donald Brown 
Warren Bryan 
James Caul 
Glenn Cox 
Rick Cummings 
Al Davis 
Russ Driskill 
Reid Dudley 
Tom Fitzgerald 
Ed Frothingham 
Paul Golden 
James Grant 
Tom Hall 
Erwin Hanke 
John Harlin 
Bruce Harvey 
John Hennessy 
Albert Jacoby 

Francis Kelly 
Mai Kerley 
Al Kirk 
Dave Krug 
Al Lindsay 
Tom Martensteln 
John Metzger 
John Nelsen 
Bob Neville 
Walt Otwell 
John Paton 
Brewster Perry 
Aaron Phillips 
Steve Price 
Lewis Rea 
William Siebert 
James Walker 
Archie Walton 
Rolfe White 
Andy Yurchak 

Bradford Allen 
John Archer 
Robert Bailey 
Ralph Beerbower 
Arthur Bona 
William Bragg 
Geoffrey Bull 
Robert Burns 
Ken Chacey 
Dick Clampitt 
Phil Clayton 
Bill Cooper 
Vince Cox 
Stan Crane 
Andrew Davis 
Joe Derie 
James Doyle 
Steve Dzialo 
Marc Fielder 
Bob Flanagan 
Frank Foley 
Barry Garland 
Harry Gore 
Scott Haas 
David Hall 
Jack Hamsher 
Roger Hart 
Chris Jones 
Henry Knick 

Jack W. Kennedy 


Arthur LaGarde 
Bob Maxfield 
Richard Minor 
Marshall Muros 
Tom Nogay 
Joe O'Brien 
Harry Partridge 
Bill Powley 
Adam Randolph 
Ralph Redmond 
Charles Rex 
Mike Sadler 
Steve Saulnier 
James Snead 
Bill Spyker 
Bill Stephens 
AI Thomason 
Steve Valadez 
George Williams 
Chris Williamson 
Raymond Woodall 
Keith Younger 

R. Deaton Smith, Jr. 


Michael L. Santoro, Jr. 

First Sergeant 

Knox C. Hubard 

Supply Sergeant 

Capt. Thomas W. Schlechte 
Company Tactical Officer 


Mel Adams 
Chip Baker 
Charlie Bowen 
Peyton Brown 
Denny Clark 
Bob Clingenpeel 
Lee Galloway 
Pete Gilbert 
Mike Hatch 
Webb Hatch 
Steve Jones 
Geddes MacLaren 
Mike Maguigan 
Paul Mascot 
Tom McLeod 
Chunky Neale 
Joe Oliver 
Bob Parrish 
Bunny Paulette 
Jess Powell 
Tim Rahm 
Scott Rhodes 
Larry Riegner 
Mike Seargeant 
John Sebrell 
Don Sharp 
Lou Sidney 
Bill Stamback 
Lee Stilwell 
Hugh Tompkins 
Gary Vitt 
John Weber 
Jack Welch 
Rawls Williams 
Art Wilson 

John Burton 
Dan Campbell 
Doug Cisler 
Bob Copty 
Ted Durvin 
John Fischer 
Fitz Fitzgibbons 
Jim Gillespie 
Jeff Guild 
John Hall 
J. C. Hanks 
Roy Heddleston 
Bill Howard 
Joe Jenkins 
Al Johnson 
Phil Jornlin 
Dick Knight 
Jerry Kuehn 
Mike Manis 
Chuck Marks 
Russ Marshall 
Mike O'Connor 
Bill O'Connor 
John Pappas 
Bill Powell 
Julian Smith 
Terry Smith 
Ed Snead 
Mike Snead 
Conrad Strickland 
Carl Strock 
Taz Taylor 
Jo3 Tenhet 
Roland Vaughan 
Donny Wheatley 
Skip Whitenack 
Bobby Wieler 
George Yurchak 

Sam Adams 
Phil Allum 
Bodie Bodenheim 
Oliver Bucher 
Randy Carroll 
Frank Caruso 
Al Cook 
Doug Craven 
John Donahoe 
Ron Gault 
Roy Glass 
Steven Good 
Thomas Guthrie 
John Guthrie 
Willard Hall 

First Class Privates 

Wayne Hepler 
Robert Kardian 
Terry Leake 
Richard Littleton 
Robert Lockridge 
Thomas Loizzi 
Windsor Lynch 
Stephen Matthews 
Robert McEwan 
John McGuigan 
Donald McMath 
Kirk Miller 
James Morefield 
James Neale 
James Neikirk 
James Pasco 
Charles Raymaker 
James Reid 
John Ronayne 
George Sebekos 
James Sefick 
Charles Shomo 
Richard Spence 
Bill Stallings 
John Thomas 
Reid Van Riper 
Edward Wachtmeister 
John Walklet 
John Wall 
James Westbrook 
John Youell 

Fred Allison 
Bill Andrews 
John Ashcraft 
James Bailey 
Fred Bauer 
Vernon Beitzel 
Ed Blair 
Gary Brant 
Ronald Church 
Bill Collier 
Charles Conklin 
Charles Crim 
Joe Crowe 
Kevin Daigh 
Bob Depew 
Jon DiMarco 
Thomas Edwards 
Dale Flick 
Walter Galanty 
Bill Green 
David Galbraith 
Peter Grojean 
Richard hiack 
James Ingram 
Larry Jefferson 
James Kidd 
Doug MacLean 
Robert Massie 
Joel McGrady 
Kim McGrath 
Jim Mitchell 
Bill Moore 
Bill Mundie 
James Payne 
James Pettyjohn 
Lewis Preas 
George Ramsey 
James Read 
Jerry Renfro 
John Robinson 
Lee Seibert 
Bill Shiply 
Kevin Smith 
Gale Sommers 
Robert Stransky 
Brad Swingle 
Dennis Traubert 
Andrew Turner 
Bob Wagner 
Philip Wilkerson 
Carol Wingfield 
Bill Youell 

Captain Robert A. Miller 
Company Tactical Officer 

Foxtrot Company 

Paul D. C. Marks, Jr. 


Thomas J. Morris 


Jack R. Burroughs, Jr. 

Executive Officer 

Harold G. Mercer 
Company Commander 

Steven G. Harrington 


Valentine W. Southall, Jr. 

First Sergeant 



Honor Court 

No other organization is so respected or deemed 
so inscrutable. Nevertheless, the Honor Court is 
only the outward manifestation of the conscience 
of the individual— and every individual— cadet. 

The Code is based on the unquestioned accep- 
tance of each cadet's word— whether written or 
verbal. The Code conceives of honor as a personal 
ideal, demanding and ultimately rewarding in deep 
individual satisfaction. It is inconsistent with a 
code of personal honor for there to be written 
rules as the sole basis for honorable conduct. 

Dependent on the support of every cadet, the 
Code must be protected and, at times, arbitrated. 
The Corps assumes the duty of enforcer, resenting 
jealously any infraction and any act bringing dis- 
credit on the Code. At this point the Honor Court 
begins to function in its delegated responsibility. 

R. Deaton Smith, Jr., President 

Steven G. Harrington, First Vice President 

John Vi. lunks. Second Vice President 

O'Conor G. Ashby 
Robert B. Flowers 
John W. Kennedy 
John C. Mitchell 
Timothy J. Rahm 
Robert C. Watts, III 

L. Rawls Williams, Jr. 
Harry F. Bare 
William H. Howard, III 
R. Leonard McClure 
Roland H. Vaughan 

General Committee 

Within a military system as rigid and stringent as 
ttie VIVll environment, the Corps has traditionally 
imposed upon itself a certain standard by which all 
cadets are expected to live— a regulated code to which 
all cadets are expected to adhere. The Corps itself in- 
vests the power of enforcement of its standard of 
living in the representative medium of the General 
Committee Proper. The General Committee Proper 
initiates the enforcement of this standard through its 
supplimentary bodies: The General Committee, The 
Executive Committee, and the Rat Disciplinary Com- 
mittee. Within the scope of a governing body, these 
committees are, in essence, only as effective as the 
support given them by the Corps. 

In the wake of growing disfavor in the procedures 
of the General Committee, which is responsible for 
trying violations of class privileges, the class of 1969 
introduced broad changes in the procedures of try- 
ing a case before the General Committee. The jury, 
composed of members from the upper three classes, 
determines the guilt or innocence of each defendant. 
The foundation of our General Committee is in a 
precarious position, for the effectiveness of the Com- 
mittee lies with the rank and file members of the 
Corps. The ability of each General Committee to func- 
tion effectively lies within the integrity of the indi- 
vidual members of the jury. Should the prestige of 
membership on an alternating jury be fostered by the 
Corps, then the General Committee can only become 
increasingly stronger. Should apathy reduce the jury 
from its present prestigious position, however, the 
General Committee will falter. The challenge now 
belongs to the Corps: The General Committee is now, 
quite literally, "of, by, and for the Corps," 

Contact Committee 

There has been a substantial need for a cadet committee that pro- 
duces a medium through which the major cadet organizational bodies 
can channel problems from within the Corps to the Administration. 
The present First Class has attempted to meet this need by the 
establishment of a Contact Committee. Under the chairmanship of 
the First Class President, this cadet committee is comprised of the 
editors of VMI's two major publications, the presidents of the Honor 
Court and the Student Union, the presidents of the two underclasses, 
and the Regimental Commander. In order to further promote the con- 
tinuity of the Contact Committee, the various organizational members 

appoint Second Classmen in their respective organizations to participate 
in the Contact Meetings. This underclass participation is significant be- 
cause this committee is for the Corps' usage and not for manipulation 
by the First Class. 

The Contact Committee's purpose is to offer a cadet forum where 
various organizational problems— problems that in the end affect the 
Corps— can be discussed freely. The formation of this committee is a 
significant step towards a better Corps-Administration relationship. The 
recommendations that are formulated in these meetings do not become 
dead issues. These recommendations are personally presented to the 
Superintendent by an executive branch of the Contact Committee. 

As a representative cross-section of all the significant cadet organiza- 
tions, the Contact Committee's specific objective is the transference of 
the Corps' grievances into positive action. This Committee has unlimited 
potentialities as an "action producing" body, and, under competent 
leadership, it can evolve to a prominent position within the Corps. 

Frank B. Easterly. First Class President 
Henry N. Pedigo, First Class Vice-President 
Stephen G. Harrington, First Class Historian 
Henry C. L'Orange, Regimental Commander 
R. Deaton Smith, Honor Court President 
John W. Zunka, Honor Court Prosecutor 
Robert D. Slay, Cadet Editor 
Joseph G. Lynch, Bomb Editor 
Malcolm F. McNeill, Cadet Union President 
James B. Dick, Second Class President 
Jan L Essenburg, Third Class President 
Albert M. Davis, Third Class Vice-President 


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Hop and Floor Committee 


Gary Braswell 

Rusty McNeill 

Vice President 
Bruce Noel 

Larry Lenz 

Nick Psimas 

Property Mgr. 
Phil Gardner 

Business Mgr. 
Jim Campbell 

Publicity Mgr. 


Reb Anderson 
Tom Bagwell 
Richard Balderson 
Charles Davis 
Peel Dillard 
Jimmy Dixon 
Jim Fauntleroy 

Osceola Gilbert 
Ben Harvey 
Webb Hatch 
Tommy Hudson 
Jim Hutcheson 
Dan Ingelido 
Randolph Jones 
Wayne Keesee 
Mike LaMar 
David Lav^rence 
Leonard McClure 
Dave Miller 
Kerry Newberry 
Ashton Ormes 
John Parsons 
John Pool 
Dave Prugh 
Jim Puryear 
Mike Robblee 
Bob Sperberg 
William Strickland 
Oc Tasker 
David Trenholm 
Robert Wieler 
Bill Williams 
Ken Wilson 

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Bill Berkness 
John Biggs 
Buzz Bocker 
Luke Boyd 
Pete Broderson 
Larry Brydon 
Oliver Bucher 
Ray Carter 
Richard Clary 
Clint Cowardin 
Al Davis 
Tom Fitzgerald 
Bill Gentry 
Roy Glass 
John Goodpasture 
Tom Hall 
Bill Hanna 
Knox Hubard 
Jack Kern 
Doug Marks 
Michael Martin 
Jim Neale 
Dick Randolph 
Doug Rcwe 
Louis Sidney 
John Sloan 
Bob Sydner 
Clint Spencer 
Mike Strickler 
Mark Thompson 
John Watterson 
Gary Weishaar 
Bill Wickun 
Doug Wilkinson 
Tim Wofford 
John Zunka 

Col. John W. Knapp 

Glee Club 

John Scott 

Bob Heely 

Deaton Smitli 

Vice President 
M'ke O'Connor 

Howard DeWolf 

Steve Price 

Bucko Hamilton 

Property Manager 
Walt Judd 

Administration Assistant 

Steve Baldwin 

Gary Market 

Bob Ferguson 

Paul Mathewson 

Warren Olde 

Riker Purcell 

Ray Thuman 

Mike Sadler 

Buddy Bryan 

Bruce Sharp 

Jerry Fresia 

Jeff Taylor 

Jim Geeaheart 

Glen White 

Dave Hoffman 

Mel Adams 

Buck Jacoby 

Ralph Beerbower 

Chad Lash 

T. A. Fitzgerald 

Terry McGrath 

Mike Hannum 

Craig Taylor 

Carsten Hillson 

D. A. Williams 

Chris L'Orange 

'feeoroe Williams 

Marty Parks 

Jack Welch 

Randv Piddington 

Mel Adams 

Warren Wagner 

Tpm Hathaway 

Dale Evans 

Lee Hill 

John Haring 

K. Khemayohdin 

Conrad Strickland 

George Kosovic 

John Krug 

Cadet Union 

Rusty McNeill 

Jim Tucker 

Vice President 
Jay Sprouse 

Michael Colozzi 

Cadet Union Mgr. 
Frank NovakowskI 

Assistant Mgr. 
Bill Sears 

First Class Rep. 
Major Ronald Woodson 


Marl( Griffin 

Social Com. Chairman 
Mike Maguigan 
Tom Hickman 

Recreation Com. Co-chairman 
Paul Mathewson 

Finance Com. Chairman 
Jim Woods 

Rat Soc. Com. Chairman 
Dave Price 
Tom Ferpuson 
Pete Knowles 
Perry Van Hooser 

Publications Board 

Robert D. Slay 

Garland T. Dun/in 

Col. Herbert N. Dillard 
Col. Alexander H. Morrison 
Col. Flournoy H. Barksdale 
Lt.Col. Richard B. Minnix 

Mr. Thomas Y. Greet 
Mr. Joseph L. Presbrey, Jr. 
Joseph G. Lynch 
Lawrence R. Lenz 
Walter C. Anderson 
Michael V. Harper 
Tappey H. Jones 
Douglas K. Davis 

Rat Disciplinary Committee 

John N. Edenfield 

Malcolm F. McNeill 

Vice President 

Weldon D. Couch 

William D. Samson 
David T. Bush 
John A. Pond 
George N. Psimas, Jr. 
John C. Ishon 
Michael L. Santoro, Jr. 
Michael A. Giles 

Timmons Society 

Charles F. Bryan 

Timothy J. Rahm 

Vice President 
George C. Budd 


Michael A. Giles 
James W. Baker 
Roy R. Heddleston 
Michael J. Iwanik 
Jonathan S. Vordermark, II 
John H. Haring 
Warren C. Wagner 
Steven J. McAuliffe 
James D. Gearhart 
Gerald J. Fresia 
John A. Ebeling 
Randle D. Clark 
Walter T. Judd 
John W. Zunka 
Donald C. Seay 

Edward D. Holmes 
Edwin G. White 
S. Kirk Maferne, Jr. 
Eugene R. Freedman 
Raymond H. Lanier, Jr. 
Kenneth R. Fleming 
Hairston D. Burnette 
Robert M. Blair, Jr. 
Michael L. Hannum 
Paul D. Kowalski 
Robert F. E. Quinlan 
Howard G. DeWolf 
John J. Walklet, III 
Van E. Jolissaint 

The VMI Cadet 

The school newspaper, The Cadet, could be described 
as an "enterprising paradox;" it enjoys complete jour- 
nalistic freedom within the restrictive confines of our 
military system. The goal of the paper is to accurately 
report the news, reflect the opinion of the Corps, and act 
as an intermediary between the Corps and the Adminis- 

The newspaper is an independent business run entirely 
by cadets and financed completely by the earnings of the 
paper itself, which is a minor distinction, since the 
Cadet is the only college paper in the state that can 
make such a claim. 

The paper has attempted to produce writers with a 
sense of professionalism and to improve the quality of 
reporting and news commentary. This year's Cadet is 
the best in recent years, and has attained a professional 
quality by exercising moderation and objectivity in its 
treatment of news. The staff is assured of continuing im- 
provement in future years with the invaluable guidance 
of their advisor, Col. Dillard. 

Robert D. Slay, Jr. 

IVIichael Harper 

Managing Editor 

Larry Lenz 

Business Manager 
John Robins 

Consulting Editor 

K. C. Woodroot 

Exchange Editor 
Kirk Materne 

Sports Editor 

Ted Durvin 

News Editor 
John McLemore 

Feature Editor 

Tom Ferguson 

Advertising Mgr. 
Win WInfree 

Personnel Mgr. 



Larry Dempsey 
Jack Kern 
Mike Guffey 
Art Wilson 
Pete Gilbert 
Al Leu 
Dave Hagan 


Tim Rahm 
Wayne Scholtes 
Jamie Totten 
Jim Tucker 
Dave Couch 
Bob Alger 
Dave Axelson 
Joe Naselli 
Ben Harvey 
Diehl Jones 
IMike Shealy 
Wilder Wadford 


Dick Knight 
Phil Jornlin 
George Warden 
Tag Scott 
John Dewey 
Bob Neville 
Buddy Bryan 
Chuck Shomo 
Reid Van Riper 
John Guthrie 
Ron Henry 


Mike Wood 
Mike Strickler 
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1969 Bomb 

The purpose of the Bomb has recently become a subject of considerable 
controversy. The editors of the 1969 Bomb would like to express their 
interpretation of a standard periodically overlooked in the past. 

It would be ridiculous to state that the Bomb should present a flaw- 
lessly accurate picture of the Institute. An entirely ambiguous represen- 
tation such as this would negate the value of any annual publication. On 
the other hand, the Bomb is neither qualified nor perceptive enough to 
pass even the mildest judgment on VMI. It does, however, accomplish 
one irrevocable task— it acts as a conscience. When the Bomb is compiled 
without forming its own opinion or its own point of view, it records with 
considerable accuracy the flaws and discrepancies of the VMI system. 
It must also be said that the favorable and constructive aspects of the 
system are not inhibited from appearing as forcefully. 

The Bomb must, in essence, freeze forever the cosmos of existence we 
have inherited and experienced. It is for this purpose and this purpose 
alone that the Bomb can conscientiously exist. 

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Mike Carruth 



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Faculty Advisor 

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Dick Bishop 

Civil War Roundtable 


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Charlie Bryan 

George Jones 

Neil Steverson 


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Bob Spore 

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It is not ours to lay the blame for such a season 
on anyone ... it is, however, our responsibility 
to record it . . . and to permanently engrave the 
fact in the conscience of the Corps and the 
team that this could happen ... and did. Foot- 
ball . . . guts . . . gore ... and one helluva 
brawl . . . what can be said of a team with a 
1-9 record? ... a team that was supposed to 
be one of VMI's best, ever ... a team that 
simply lacked the scoring punch to win ... a 
team that is best described by frustration ... a 
team where initial overconfidence gave way to 
doubt . . . VMI had such a team ... a season, 
over now, but not easily forgotten . . . your 
roommates kidded you . . . your girlfriend cried 
. . . People quit following you; but practice still 
went on . . . trying to rebuild, week after week 
... But it was the same old story ... a car- 
bon copy season . . . Drop a pass . . . miss a 
block . . . fumble a handoff . . . People blamed 
Vito, but the team knew different . . . they 
would "always" play for him . . . Win or lose . . . 


"Early mistakes hurt us" . . . costly mistakes 
For Sprinkel, it was a baptism by fire . . . 
spent most of his time running from, not at 
"It was the same old story for the Keydets" 

Midway thru the season and still without a win 
. . . Citadel's Coach Parker would not believe 
VMI's fate . . . "VMI is not a 0-4 team" . . . 
"they are the best running team we've faced since 
Army" . . . Some stood out . . . Sowers, Marks 
... But football will never be a game of in- 
dividuals . . . 



Heart is what makes a football player . . . desire 
... a love of the game . . . It's not to be ex- 
pressed in words . . . either you have it or you 
don't ... win or lose, you never think quit . . . 

Pain and injury are pushed aside ... you are 
caught up in the madness and violence . . . Emo- 
tion runs wild . . . sometimes afterwards you 
can't remember . . . 

Violence, grace, elation, and disaster . . 
into the making of a football game ... a game 
of modern man where intellect has imposed a 
type of precision ... a scientific ordering of 
the elements of disorder . . . 


The sweet taste of victory ... the agony of 
defeat ... The satisfaction of success ... the 
embarrassment of failure . . . Football is unique 
... no rational explanation . . . just an over- 
whelming desire . . . 



When we lost, it showed in our faces ... so 
often victory was within sight when a fumble 
or intercepted pass would foil our efforts . . . 
"The close ones are the hardest to lose" . . . 
our pride was hurt most . . . 

A Saturday afternoon— sometimes cold, wet, miser- 
able . . . sometimes liot, humid, sunny . . . after 
the l(ick-off it didn't matter . . : you listened 
only to the man , . . what he said went ... you 
gave what you had . . . you wanted to give more . . . 

Boston, Roanoke, Nashville, Charleston, Lexing- 
ton .. . miles apart ... and yet all exactly the 
same ... two opposing forces . . . each seeking 
the ultimate end. 




Emotion on the hardwood . . . on-again, off-again, the Keydets, 
played superbly against the great teams . . . West Virginia, 
Davidson, Georgia Tech . . . couldn't hit in their own back- 
yard—the Southern Conference ... ten road games ... no 
fieldhouse ... no Corps ... no backing . . . finally home to 
face Davidson ... #4 ... on national T.V. in the fieldhouse 
... the Corps is now behind them . . . everyone is psyched 
for this one . . . played like never before . . . down by two 
at the half . . . defense . . . defense second half . . . down 
by ten . . . two minutes showing left to play . . . Mitchell 
. . . Clark . . . Mitchell . . . Clark . . . tremendous rally . . . 
with twelve seconds left, score is tied ... the fieldhouse is 
in pandemonium ... a Davidson desperation shot at the 
buzzer finds its mark . . . dreams of grandeur suddenly lost 
. . . it's over . . . quiet murmur . . . empty fieldhouse . . . 
down ... but out? It's not over yet. ... The team relies 
heavily on the M&M boys . . . Mitchell and Manis . . . Sefick 
and Essenburg coming strong . . . Brown, super defensive- 
man .. . grab two quick ones at home . . . Southern Con- 
ference tournament now in sight ... are we going? Corps 
still behind the team . . . February 8-22 . . . five remaining 
conference games. . . . 

"Gotta' win" . . . Georgia Tech ... big and tall . . . Salem 
Roanoke Valley Civic Center . . . rally came too late . . . offi- 
cials? Two technicals on the cheerleaders . . . spirit . . . still 
a chance . . . Richmond . . . shooting sixty-one percent . . . 
lose another . . . time begins to close in . . . still that 
chance . . . fieldhouse ... The Citadel ... up by fifteen at 
the half . . . fast break to perfection . . . Mitchell, Brown, 
Sefick all hot . . . second half . . . Citadel burns the nets 
... no fast break . . . shots roll off . . . nothing works 
now . . . up by 15, 12, 9, 5, 3, tied at 75-75 ... can the 
Corps help win? Not with an empty fieldhouse ... are the 
books stacked that high? Another close one lost . ■ . aren't 
they all . . . will we never get the big break? Time will tell 
. . . only three conference games remain . . . Charlotte here 
we come. . . . 



Single combat with only one surviving ... A 
combination of catlike reflexes with the power of 
an enraged bull . . . ever aware of the foe . . . 
driven by the will to survive ... to be the cham- 
pion, the ultimate victor ... a test of strength 
and cunning ... two gladiators against time . . . 
forcing the body to the limits of endurance . . . 
persevering experience the ultimate master . . . 
only the referee's whistle stopping the struggle . . . 
an individual effort for a team triumph . . . 

The always-exciting VIVII grapplers- ■ • slaving may 
help repeat their good showing a year ago in the 
Southern Conference Tournament ... the absence 
of champions Steve Vaughan and Don Taylor will 
hurt . . . VMI will still field a strong team headed 
by '68 conference finalists Jack Kennedy, John Hill, 
and Bob Biddle . . . with a strong contingent of 
heavyweights and added strength in the light- 
weights, things look good for the Keydet matmen. 

Biddle still undefeated, Mikula looking more like 
a champion at 191 pounds . . .The Smith brothers- 
tough to beat . . . also joining the VMI cause with 
fme performances are Tom Reynolds, Riker Pur- 
cell and Brant Collins ... a winning record will 
come despite several key injuries . . , boys making 
themselves hurt . , . pride in themselves and 
winning . . . 

all things right, however, the grapplers will be 
a match for any Southern Team . . . this is the goal 
which will be evident at the season's end . . . 
Gupton neither asks nor expects that which he 
himself has not experienced . . . sometimes that's 
too much— much too much . . . 


Spring . . . Patchin Field . . . Prime contenders for 
tiie Southern Conference . . . Most promising team 
yet . . . seven out of nine return . . . Wtiite, Catlett, 
Busfiy, Shu, batting 300.. . Gentile, Friski, Crocker 
. . . sophs pressing hard . . . more depth than ever 
before ... strongest on the mound ... Reid, E.R.A. 
1.55 . . . Fresia, Paulette, Carver, Snow ... all tough 
. . . Coach Roys puts it all together . . . hard work 
. . . long, hot, humid afternoons . . . Smooth hick- 
ory. . . Grimey hands . . . eyes shaded from a glar- 
ing sun... sweat dripping from brows ... sharp 
metal cleats reaching for a canvas bag ... a high 
lazy spiral or short hard drive . . . What's it all for? 
A game they call Baseball .. .with a fading glory 
. . . competition . . . desire to win ... a sacrifice . . . 
love for the game but only from a select few... 
a long hard struggle to the top . . . success comes 
with numbers . . . 350 . . . 21-0 . . . single- 
double— triple ... the magical three ... pro 
scouts everywhere . . . everyone has a contact 
. . . only means added pressure . . . people 
say college baseball is dying... but ask any of 
those who play. .. 









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Track ... the starting blocks . . . tension . . . 
determination ... a frantic push . . . legs accele- 
rating ... an all-out effort . . . drive and desire 
... the finish line . . . victory . . . limp, weak, 
used up . . . the pain and pressure relieved . . . 
it is very big in the hearts of those participating 
. . . they believe . . . It's not always the warmth 
of the fieldhouse but also the cold, frosty, wintry 

indoor tension . . . nervousness . . . packed, stuffy 
. . . the sound of the starting gun, the yell of the 
crowd ... no quiet . . . banked turns . . . grass- 
tex . . . outdoor running in the rain . . . man and 
elements . . . soggy track ... the wind ... the 
lonely runner and his shadow . . . silence pierced 
only by birds . . . mountain roads ... a sense 
of freedom ... a battle within your own heart . . . 
character building . . . 

Richmond . . . first big challenge ... the team 
proved strong, and the Spiders fell . . . men win- 
ning for themselves and VMI . . . the rats showed 
well but the ol' liners came through with the 
"sure" points . . . John Griffin, shot; Rudy Segaar, 
60; Tony Rolfe, broad jump; Mike Engle, 2 mile; 
John Sebrell, hurdles; and Gordon Williams, pole 
vault ... a new record for the 440 relay team . . . 

East Carolina fell by 11/2 poirrts . . . Southern Con- 
ference record still unblemished . . . ready for 
more competition? The VMI Winter Relays— one of 
the biggest meets in the South, with over thirty 
colleges and 700 competitors . . . William and 
Mary probably will dominate the state meet, but 
VMI will challenge her every move ... the South- 
ern Conference meet ... an excellent finish for the 
Keydet thin-dads? It should be an appropriate cli- 
max for the underdog Keydets and give Coach Cor- 
mack and track team a year worth remembering. 






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Fall 1968 was VMI's second intercollegiate year of soccer ... In 1967 ttie 
team was 0-9 .. . Scores of 8-0, 4-0, and 8-0 were common . . . Coacti Hayes 
arrived at VMl and enthusiasm developed ... He taught new drills and better 
conditioning ... VMl was young and lacked skills ... but games were never 
lost for lack of hustle or desire Opposing players and coaches were astoun- 
ded at the change from 1967 to 1968 The record changed from 0-9 to 2-6-1 
many were lost by 1 or 2 goals Highhghts were beating Virginia Tech 
(every one here loves this) and Randolph Macon, who some consider the best 
team m Virgmia The Corps even began to come screaming for blood . . . 
sometimes they got their wish there was never a lack of action . . . Four 
members of the starting team received all state honors . . Steve Jones, Glen 
Birdsall, Tom Guthrie Jeff Guild The VMl soccer team now has the reputation 
in Virginia as a team to be reckoned with The future of soccer at VMl looks 
bright . 

Swimming is a sport for tlie insane and masoch- 
istically-criented individual ... it even goes one 
step further ... You gotta get wet . . . tfie five 
top scorers of last year's team return . . 
Costigan, Rory Frey, IVIarl< Griffin (co-captain), 
John Bailey and Bruce Beaulieu ... the aquatic 
Keydets had a strong chance of improving last 
season's 2-8 record . . . several other lettermen 
gured prominently in the team's victories this 
year ... Co. Capt. Joe Ecsi, Jim Wilder (varsity 
breaststroke record-holder), Backstroker Henry 
Riegler, butterfly swimmer Andy Ash, and free- 
stylers Tom Cooke and Jim Aldous . . . Coach 
Arnold Joyce was elated with the showings of rat 
record holders Tom Kowalski, Greg Bragg and Joe 
Crowe ... The "Golden" Egg Award initiated this 
year . . . given after each meet for the most 
"unique" performance.. . Perhaps more than any 
other sport, competitive swimming is contingent 
upon an individual's rather than a team's confron- 
tation with superlative effort ... At VMI, where no 
scholarships are given, great swimmers must be 
developed ...they are rarely acquired .. .Victory 
or defeat in swimming is often measured by a 
touch rather than a tenth of a second . . . it's that 
close... but there's no victory for second, there 
never will be... Number 2 in the Southern Con- 

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Mike Gordon 
Malone Parham 
Larry Dempsey 
Bodie Bodenheim 
Mike Carruth 
Tom Norris 
Chuck Wills 
Mike Strickler 
James Home 
James Van Landingtiam 
Craig Rhodes 



Bill Walther 
Steve Waters 
Paul Mathewson 
John Steiner 
Bob Petrola 
Mike Hannum 
Ron Seyford 
Tom Urquhart 
John Archer 
Bill Stickland 
Steve Baldwin 
Randy Taylor 
Butch Bradshav^ 
Taze Taylor 
Geoffrey Straughn 
Craig Rhodes 
Randy Piddington 
Miles Johnson 


The 1969 Tennis Team looks forward to its most successful team in years . . . eight 
returning lettermen ... Rat players will add new depth ... the Netmen again face 
a tough schedule due to the scholarship programs of their opponents. . .fall 
practice and an early Spring start may solve their problems. . . Kirk Materne re- 
turns as captain for his second year... Paul Dickinson, Bobby Brown, John Ash- 
man, Ron Lau, Perry Timberlake and Scott McMillan add valuable experience... 
there will be pressure from John Stann, Al Kaliski, Herb Moore, Barry O'Donnell 
and Tom Buckner . . . positions are a sought goal . . . Timberlake and Materne 
will play doubles together for the third consecutive year . . . Dickinson and Brown 
form second doubles . . . confidence is gained by experience ... The Tennis Team 
will prove to be more than formidable... 

Kirk Materne 

Scott McMillan 
Perry Tirrberlake 
Bcb Brown 
Paul Dickinson 
Ronnie Lau 
Jotin Ashman 
Barry O'Donnell 
Al Kaliski 
Herb Moore 
Tom Buckner 

Rifle Team 

Ray Ihlenburg 
Bill McKelvey 
Co -Captains 

Wayne Scholtes 
Don Nuttall 
Paul Mascot 
Tom Ferguson 
Mike Baxter 
Julian Shelter 
Bill Stermer 
Bill Siebert 
Bob Duncan 
Bill Collier 
Bob Massie 
Joe Morgan 
Jon Di Marco 
Jim Snead 
Tom Edwards 
Harry Humphries 

Capt. Robert Miller 
Officer in Charge 

Sgt. Watertield 

Steve Sanetti 



Jim Adams 
Mark Albright 
Fred Banister 
Don Bogard 
Rick Burroughs 
Beau Caire 
Dave Curry 
Larry Dempsey 
John DuBose 
John Ebeling 
Tom Hall 
Bob Hart 
Jim Kelly 
Jack Landham 
Chips Lanier 
Sandy Rex 
Charlie Winstead 
Dave Lawler 
John McGuigan 
Bob Moore 
Ken Piernick 
Don Seay 
Rick Snow 
Val Southall 
Ed Trinkle 
Ed Wachmeister 
John Wall 
Fred Werth 
Jerry Woo 
Bob Wood 

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Monogram Club 

John Mitchell 

Julian Smith 


Ski Club 

John Ashman 
Ed Andrews 
John Bailey 
Leo Barnes 
Bob Biddle 
Ed Bodenheim 
Jim Boggs 
Peyton Brown 
Bob Brown 
Art Bushey 
Tom Campbell 
Fred Carver 
Tom Catlet 
Denny Clark 
Bob Clingenpeel 
Brant Collins 
Bob Copty 
Bob Costigan 
Clint Cowardin 
Randy Crocker 
George Dancigers 
Larry Dempsey 
Ben Dick 
Paul Dickinson 
Jim Dixon 
John Donahoe 
Erank Easterly 
Joe Esci 
Mike Engle 
Jan Essenburg 
Tom Ferguson 
Jerry Fresia 
Rorry Frey 
Steve Friski 
Tony Gentile 
Mike Giles 
Jim Gillespie 
John Godfrey 
Mike Gorden 
John Griffin 
Mark Griffin 
Bob Habasevich 
Tom Halliday 
Dick Hamlet 
Charlie Hanks 
Steve Harrington 
John Hart 
John Hill 
Bob Hockley 
Dave Honeywell 
Tom Hunt 

Ray Ihlenburg 
Marv Itzkowitz 
Walt Ivkovich 
Al Kaliski 
Kerr Kump 
Joe Levine 
Jim Long 
John Ludt 
Gary Mackey 
Van Maeger 
Mike Maguigan 
Mike Mahoney 
Mike Manis 
Chuck Marks 
Kirk Materine 
Bill McKelvey 
Scott McMillan 
Ned Mikula 
Bill Moon 
Joe Naselli 
Jim Neale 
Don Nuttall 
Preston Painter 
Hank Pedigo 
Riker Purcell 
Bill Reid 
Tom Reynolds 
Henry Riegler 
Tony Rolfe 
Wayne Scholtes 
Rudy Ssagaar 
Art Shelter 
Ron Shu 
Mike Sisler 
Fred Smith 
Larry Smith 
Bill Stainback 
John Stann 
Lee Stilwell 
Geoff Taylor 
Charlie Thacker 
Perry Timberlake 
Hugh Tompkins 
Colby Trammell 
Steve Waters 
Bobby Watts 
Tim White 
Jim Wilder 
George Williams 
Mel Years 

Dave Prugh 
Nick Psimas 

Dave Lawrence 

John Metzger 


Dick Camp 
Wilt Chamberlain 
Charlie Meybin 
Randy Jones 
Bob Leibecke 
Bill Bouch 
Joe Jenkins 
Tag Scott 
Mike Sisler 
Bruce Rambo 
Steve Waters 
Cy Dolph 
Tom Ferguson 
Jim Heely 



Robert H. Muirhead, Football 

Richard F. Harmison, Football 

Oscar W. Gupton, Wrestling 

Clyde L. Ellington, Athletic Director 

Jim S. Gillespie, Football 

Gary D. McPherson, Head Basketba 

Vito E. Ragazzo, Head Football 

David T. Bralne, Football 

Charles N. Roys, Head Baseball 

Arnold W. Joyce, Swimming 

George J. Holland, Jr., Head Trainer 

Linwood S. Waterfield, Rifle 

Walter B. Cormack, Track 


John Ludt, Murphy Sprinkel, Bob Echols, David 
Ellington, Jud Collier, Ward Carr, Larry Smith, 
Joe Naselli, Tony Gentile, Frank Easterly, Kerr 
Kump, Buster Venable, Lew Cowardin, Jerry 
Acuff, Randy Stcwe, Bob Watts, Chuck Marks, 
Aaron Phillips, Phil Hannum, Tom Sowers, Bob 
Habasevich, Tom Beyer, Paul Fraim, John Grit- 
fin, Terry Smith, Fred Smith, Bob Lockridge, 
Steve Harrington, Bob Hockley, Bob Biddle, 
Mike Maguigan, Ned Mikula, Mark Conway, 
Rives Potts, Bob Copty, Jim Westbrook, Mike 
Sisler, John Caulfield, Scott Miller, Gary Mackey, 
Calvin Depew, Bill Ros>,, Tom Campbell, Tom 
Halliday, John Ronayne, Ashley Butler, Bob 
Jones, Hugh Tompkins, Steve Good, Lee Barnes, 
Colby Trammell, Lee Stilwell, Steve Ballowe, 
Bill Stainback, Mike North, Fred Phillips, Worth 
Roberts, John Noon, Wayne Hepler, Larry Brum- 
back, Martin Healy, Phil Jornlin. Tom Lawson, 
Lee Moon, Mark Palmer, Bill Paulette, Dave 

Head Coach: Vito Ragazzo 

Jim Bailey, Chip Baker, Bob Biddle, Bill Bott. 
Pat Branch, Gary Brant. Tom Brock, Dick Camp, 
Dave Childers, Dick Clary, Brant Collins, Lou 
Cowardin, Bill Cutler, Tommy Daniels, Stephen 
Dzailo, James Flynn, John Godfrey, Rorer Grant, 
Bobby Gregory, Paul Grumblatt, John Hill, 
Francis Hinchion, Stanley Huie, Jack Kennedy, 
John Kern, David King, Joe Knick, Peter Know- 
les. Grayson Lahmers, Terry Leake. Al Leu, Joe 
Levine, Roger Lodi. James Long, Eddie Mazzanti, 
Jeff McKain, Walt Meier, Ned Mikula, Bob Mur- 
ray, Rick Nowitzky, John Pappas, John Paten, 
Dave Payne, Charlie Perry, Riker Purcell, Don 
Rencsok, Tom Reynolds, Dave Schrader, Paul 
Sciacchitano, Phil Smith, Bill Smith, Bob Syd- 
ncr, Chris Tompkins, Sopon Vekavakayanondha, 
Dick Walker, Bob Ward, Don Wetzel, Frank 
Whitley, Bo Wierzbicke, Jimmy Woodall, 

Head Coach: Oscar Gupton 



Bob Armstrong— Manager, A.C. Arnn— Manager, 
Bob Clingenpeel— Manager, Jim Aldous, Andy 
Ash, John Ashman, John Bailey, Bruce Beaulieu, 
Bill Bragg, Oliver Bucher, Doug Cisler, Tom 
Cooke, Bob Costigan, Joel Crowe, Joe Ecsi, Rory 
Frey, Lee Galloway, Mark Griffin, Tom Kowalski, 
Bob LaMoe, Bob Lynch, Dennis O'Geary, Tim 
Rahm, Bruce Rambo, Henry Riegler, Jack Welch, 
Jim Wilder, John Youell. 

Head Coach: Arnold Joyce 



Bill Berkness, Glen Birdsall, Bruce Bowden, 
Brant Collins, Cy Dolph, Bob Fagge, Bob Flow- 
ers, John Friermuth, Pete Grojean, Jeff Guild, 
Tom Guthrie, Charles Holsen, John Hill, Bob 
Hixon, Bill Hudson, Steve Jones, Tom Jones, 
John Kennedy, Tom Massey, Bob Maurer, 
Charles Meybin, Marshall Muros, Walter Priest, 
Tom Reynolds, Mike Santoro, Tag Scott, Mike 
Schriver, Jim Shelby, Vaipot Srinual, Jim Tot- 
ten, Sopon Vekavakayanonda, Charles Walker, 
John Waters, Don Wheatley. 

Head Coach: John Hays 


Denny Clark, Jan Essenburg, Mike Manis, John 
Patrick, Jim Sefick, Jim Gillespie, Tom Guthrie, 
Roy Heddleston, Walt Ivkovich, Peyton Brown, 
John Mitchell, John Thomas, Perry Van Hooser, 
Gary Vitt, Sam Kirby, John Watson. 

Head Coach: Gary McPherson 


Mel Adams, Mark Anderson, Bill Beerbower, 
Jim Boggs, Ken Chacey, Walt Chalkley, Jim 
Coleman, Rick Cummings, George Dancigers, 
Ben Dick, Mike Engle, Gary Entsminger, Rick 
Griffith, John Griffin, John Hart, Lee Harrison, 
Jim Heely, Tom Hunt, Wilber Huntley, Luther 
Holloman, Bob Grossman, Mel Years, Cy Dolph, 
Tom Loizi, Steve Hively, Tappey Jones, Joe 
Martin, Bill Moore, Walter Otwell, John Poole, 
Bruce Pates, Don Hinshelwood, Tony Rolfe, 
Rudy Segaar, John Sebrell, John Shackleford, 
Jerry Upton, Gordon Williams, Glenn White, Joe 
Vojtecky, Cal Depew, Julian Smith. 

Head Coach: Walt Cormack 



John Thomas, Rod Shu, Tim White, Tom Catlett, 
Art Bushey, Hank Pedigo, Steve Friski, Randy 
Crocker, Tony Gentile, Dave Reid, J. C. Hanks, 
Frank Cleaton, Randy Snow, Fred Carver, Dick 
Hamlet, Mike Manis, Bill Paulette, Jerry Fresia, 
Lew Cowardin, Oliver Bucher, Dick Clary, Ken 
Coleman, Alan Cock, John Donahoe, Reid Dud- 
ley, Dick Lloyd, Hunter Mays, John Metzger, 
Jim Morefield, Earl Padgett, Doug Howe, Dick 
Stegmerten, Mike Strickland, Pete Van Hooser, 
Jim Walker. 

Head Coach: Charles Roys 












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Jim Pettyjohn 

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Randy Piddington 

Dan Bond 

Bob Pinkerton 

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Pete Ramsey 

Henry Bruno 

Bob Stransky 

Vern Beitzel 

Denny Sullivan 

Phil Clayton 

Mike Teubner 

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Bob Depew 

Chris Thompkins 

Kevin Daigh 

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Rick Deranek 

Jerry Tyree 

John Durst 

Dick Valentine 

Tom Edwards 

Rocky Weihrauch 

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Phil Wilkerson 

Coby Fitzhugh 

Rocky Yost 

Scott Fleetwood 

Leslie Foley 


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Rick Griffith 

Jack Hamsher 

Harold Plott 

Jim Ingram 

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Bill Beattie 

Jim Monos 

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Rick Bolus 
Jim Doyle 
Ralph Redmond 
Jerry Renfro 
Bill Schafer 
Lee Seibert 
Earl Selby 
Gale Sommers 
John Styer 
Bill Youell 
Jim Monos 
John Gatewood 


Jim Barker 

Norman Worrell 

Sonny Brittle 

Phil Clayton 

Dick Flowers 

Kevin Daigh 

Larry Foster 

Bob Depew 

Walt Galanty 

Doug Rnlayson 

Charlie Hock 

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Overlooking the somewhat dubious distinction of graduating, the Editors feel 
that there are among us many who have distinguished themselves beyond the 
call of duty and destiny, who are as shining breastplates on the grey broadcloth 
of the Corps. Time and space force the omission of many whose names belong 
here, whose full stories will never be known. Therefore, to those who belong, and 
gentlemen, you know and I know who you are, we give it to you. You deserve it. 

Most Dubious Distinction Award of 1969 

The Phoenix 

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Let a Smile be your Umbrella 
and the Issues will be Clouded 

Most nebulous bone of the year goes 
to the number of first classmen who 
were boned for "Hay down and/or 
Improperly marked status card." How 
do you answer something like that? 
"Sir, the report is correct and/or I 
wish to explain." and how does Rita 
write it up? 4 and/or 2 demerits? 

Walking in the Winter Blunderland 

A certified three to five hour waste 
of study time each week, as the 
troops ponder the errors of their 
ways by wandering back and forth 
in front of barracks on Wednesday 
and Saturday afternoons. Budget your 
time, men, but we'll make up the 
appropriations committee. 

Joe Miller Visited 

The Catalog . . . like they say- 
any resemblance between characters 
in this book and real persons, living 
or dead, is purely coincidental. 

You Can Look, Troops, But Don't 

3.5 million dollars for New Market, 
$800 grand for the new Alumni Hall, 
and the roof of barracks still leaks. 

A Mighty Fortress is Our Guard 

Reductio ad Nauseum 

Compulsory church was a big is- 

This year, the National Association 

sue this year, as many previous 

of United Barracks Anarchists was 

sinners who had been cutting out 

founded on the premise of being 

were stopped dead in their tracks 

categorically against the existence 

as a new lightning stick check 

of everything. And we used to 

struck their doors. 

think SDS was funny. 

All the News that Fits 

The Public Relations Office has 
done an outstanding job these 
past years. There hasn't been a 
faculty death or retirement which 
they haven't covered to the fullest 
of their capabilities. 

The Little Needle Points North, 

Four times in four years at Mid- 
winters, our prime band has ar- 
rived at the Roanoke International 
Airport and headed for, you 
guessed it. Tech. 

Art for the Sake of Art and 
Dirt for the Sake of . . . 

Howcum the copies of Evergreen 
always seem to crop up with the 
rest of the feelthy books in the 
English Library? Not that we want 
them moved now that we know 
where they are. We're just asking. 



Marching Through George's 

After thrashing around for six months 
trying to figure a better way to move 
the class sections into Scott Shipp 
Hall, the Academic Board returns to 
the original methods, thereby over- 
looking the obvious solution consis- 
tently for better than 129 years. You 
men can't form inside because we 
didn't; you men can't have electric 
lights because v»e didn't. 

The Yellow Badge of Discourage 

To the anonymous Citizen of Lexing- 
ton, who so bravely reported to his/ 
hers/its indignation that cadets were 
so presumptuous as to act like col- 
lege students uptown. The very idea! 

Eat Your Words, Son, its Better 
than What's in the Mess Hall 

A quote from the football section of 
last year's Bomb: "Only four seniors 
on the starting twenty-two . . . THIS 
the end maybe. 

Washington Would Have Slept Here, 
But . . . 

8 O'clock classes, especially on Mon- 
day, and almost anything on Satur- 

And the Band Played on, and on, 
and on . . . 

There must be something outstanding 
about a band whose crowning 
achievement is to start and stop 
playing together, but we can't figure 
out what it is. 

The Overcoat Calls the Coatee Grey 

Our salutations to Mike Ragland who 
was boned for "Exercising exceeding- 
ly poor judgment" Boning someone 
at VMI for that is kind of like pour- 
ing salt into the ocean. 

One Born Every Minute 

The Alumni who so eagerly bought bricks from the ruins of the old 
Alumni Hall. 





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Hugh Tompkins and his direct dialing connection to the outside world. 
Hot Line '69 

g The entire faculty and staff 
and their direct dialing 
connection to the Guard 

1 Room, the recorder, and his 
bonesheets— Phone-a-bone. 

All American City 

Equal Justice Under Law 

A Day Spent in the Play- 
ground Fund House 

Buena Vista is undoubtably 

The GC Jury. New conduc- 

the Something Capital of 

tors on a railroad that let 

PX prices, which were com- 

the world; we just can't 

the engine sit in the sta- 

parable to prices elsewhere, 

seem to pin down what 

tion and spin its wheels. 

but not favorably. 

it is. 


The Most Dubious 
Distinction of 1968 

The 1968 Bomb which so 
aptly recorded the life of 
the foot at VMl. 

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As I close this book for the first time, I can't help but 
recall the sleepless nights, the impossible schedules, the 
faded photographs, and the dead end ideas. But with all the 
minor disappointments and irredeemable mistakes, there 
comes an uncommon feeling of satisfaction, not only in com- 
pleting this volume, but in attempting to compare it with 
its predecessors. 

There are certain key people to whom I must express my 
personal appreciation: without them, this publication could 
never have materialized. Reb Anderson, my able business 
manager and confessor, did much more than find money to 
put this idea into production. Without Mike Colozzi to ma- 
nipulate permits, unfinished pages, and reluctant photogra- 
phers, our enthusiasm would have turned to despair many 
months ago. G. W. Updike not only supplied the layout, but 
with his padded, easy going personality, managed to keep 
all of us from periodically killing each other. Pat King and 
his staff of lesser fiends and deamons eventually came 
through in the photo department and thereby averted a 
mass suicide. And at the risk of expanding the list of unsung 
heroes, Marv Itzkowitz, Larry Smith, Bob Habasevich, Tom 
Blair, Chuck Thompson, Dick Cabaniss, Tom Morehouse, and 
Ray Turner must be included. 

On behalf of all my devoted instructors in whose classes 
I have consistently slept, and for all the unnamed contrib- 
utors who, like those already mentioned here, have tolerated 
my innumerable neuroses, I sincerely hope that the '69 Bomb 
will justify the eccentricities and inconveniences they have 
so patiently accepted this year. 

Joseph G. 




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United Virginia 

We're part of a group of ten banks. 

Now as a member of this statewide group, United Virginia Bank 
is part of our name. And we have a lot going for us. Such as expert 
advice from loan and other financial specialists both here and 
abroad. And our centralized computer wfiich speeds up all our full 
banking services. Then there's our United Virginia BankAmericard. 

What's more, we have access to more money than ever before. 
So we can finance industry, commerce and agri-business right here 
in this area. 

And now, if you ever have to move, you'll find a United Virginia 
Banker in some 88 offices throughout the state. 

But the nicest part of all this is that the same efficient people will 
be handling all of your banking needs. Drop in today and ask your 
United Virginia Banker some questions. He'll be glad to give you 
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And don't forget to call us by our new name. Member fdic 

We're united to help you grow financially. 

1, Permission Is raauosted r 
of the 1969 Boinb staff to be 
all Military Duties, chock fo 
to receive unlimited class cu 
Academic Year 1969, 

a. It is furth 


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, ic 13 reouested that the staff 
limited weekends to begin on Thurs- 
h week and terminate at taps each 
Monday following any given departure. 

ordance with para. 3, this permit, 
issary that we be allowed to wear 
lothes at all tines and be authorized 
■eserved parking spaces on the West 
rracks for our oerponal vehicles. 

■kends when members of the staff 

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b. It is assumed that immediate action will 
be taken in furnishing the staff with extra 
fioiHties for the disposal of llquior con- 
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Most people kno^v us 
for gasoline. And ^ve 
don't even make it. 
We do make: 

plastic packaging film, diesel additives, 

fine paper, ignition control compounds, 

vinyl polymers and monomers, 

plastic bottles and packages, 

fuel detergents, plastic lake liners, 

sewerage filter components, mulch film, 

dry cleaning fluids, PVC pipe, 

rubber additives, reinforced building film, 

degreasing solvents, aluminum alkyls, 

antioxidants, primary alcohols, 

caustic soda, aluminum extrusions, 

metallic sodium, chlorine, 

chemical intermediates, combustion improvers. 

Ethyl Corporation @) 

"We also make antiknock compounds 













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Registered Black Angus 
For Sale 


AltaVista, Virginia 

J. H. Adams '23 

Courtesy of 

Richmond Engineering 
Co., Inc. 







^ Dependable '^. 

^ Shoemakers ^,...£^\^\^ 

V. Since \\^:^£jyXl!^'^C> Q 

Lynchburg, Virginia 



for the best in 




1205 East Main Street 
Richmond, Virginia 
General Insurance 

For the Besi Deal in Town . . . SEE 








Cadets accounts welcomed — Member FDIC 


The Class of 1969 


Louis G. Kuchuris 

Chicago, Illinois 

Go where the action is . . . Visit IGMR 










Compliments of 


Richmond, Virginia 


Doin' It! 




WaxM, Cleaneri, SraJi For All Floor! 


Descriptive Folder Available 


Hurt, Virginia 245«3 






• Hagerstown, Md. 

• Frederick, Md. 

• Winchester, Va. 

• Manassas, Va. 








TIM RAHM, '69-President 
JOHN BIGGS, 71 -Vice President 



Director of Public Relations: Chunk Neale 



Headquarters For Vital Cadet Needs 


Lexington, Virginia 
Fine Clothes For Men 






J. Ed. Deaver & Sons, Inc. 







CHARLES "HALFIE" SWINK, Manager CLINT SPENCER, '69 Barracks Representative 






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The Lyric Cinema 

Home of 









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Come see the 
making of power 

Vepco's first commercial atomic power station Is now under construction In Surry County, Virginia. In the new- 
Information Center overlooking the site, you will see an excellent slide presentation, fascinating exhibits, and a 
working model of the reactor. (And from the balcony, you can watch them assemble the real thing.) Open 10 AM to 
4 PM Monday through Saturday and 1 PM to 6 PM on Sunday. For tour information call 771-3194 in Richmond. 


more power to you ... at less cost 




108 East Queen St. 



Robert E. Lee Hotel 

Alfred J. Dickinson, Inc. 











Tennis— Golf 


Ladies' & Mens' Sportswear 
Sport Shoes 


Lexington - Hardware 


The original tool Shed 



2000 AIRPORT DRIVE • WILSON, N. C. 27893 
P. 0. BOX 90 • TELEPHONE 919 237-2191 



170 companies 

in half an hour. 

Just talk to the man from General Electric. 

He represents 170 separate GE "companies" that 
deal in everything from space research to electric 
toothbrushes. And each of these product depart- 
ments is autonomous. Each has its own manage- 
ment and business objectives. 

So a job at General Electric offers the kind of 
immediate responsibility you might expect to find 
only in a small business. 

Right from the start you get*a chance to demon- 
strate your initiative and capabilities. And the 
more you show us, the faster you'll move ahead. 

As you do, you'll find that you don't necessarily 
have to spend a lifetime working on the same job 
in the same place. We have operations all over the 
world. Chances are you'll get to try your hand at 
more than one of them. 

Our interviewer will be on campus soon. If 
you're wondering whether it's possible to find chal- 
lenging work in big business, please arrange to see 
him. He speaks for 170 "companies." 



Salem, Virginia 

An equal opportunity employer 




B O X L E Y 




Seven Plants Located on N. & W. and A. C. L. Railroads 

Blue Ridge, Va. Lynchburg, Va. Martinsville, Va. 

Bluefield, Va. Skippers, Va. Pounding Mill, Va. 

Raleigh, N.C. 


Caskie Paper Co., Inc. 


A Paper For Every Purpose 







Manufacturers of 




Bank & Trust Company 


to VMI 


Lexington Optical Company 

The Huger Davidson Sale 


Co., Inc. 


Better Milk, 

wm^am^mtm^K Plus 

^^L, ^^L ^^m The Convenience 

■^iRGINJA^V Regular 
^ T~~^^^K Home Delivery! 

DAIRY 355-2838 

M^^^e^SiT^^// 1810 W. Main street j 

Richmond, Va. | 

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QuieK-^jLi vieK. iMe. 






Chartered Bus Service Anywhere in Virginii 

Flexible Hi-Level Service - Torsion Ride 
Air Conditioned and Rest Room Equipped 


Staunton. Virginia 

DIAL 886-3560 

In Jacob Reed's uniforms, hidden 
hand stitching makes the difference! 

That difference means lasting character in every 

uniform, for these hand stitches, though hidden, 

are carefully placed by our master tailors to 

mold and hold its shape for many years. 


^€ljCiff t^Uil^ WM4 

#2 DeKaib Street, Norristown, Pa. 

America's OLDEST and FOREMOST Makers of 
U. S. Officers' Uniforms of Fine Quality, founded 1824 

Coca-Cola Bottling Works 

Lexington, Virginia 

The Pictures Can't Be Too Good 

findfe Stuifh 


MORE than ever before, quality has become 
an important factor in College Annuals. 

Everything to express skill, technique, artistry, is revealed in our prints. 

They are the only material proof of our ability, the only visible 

evidence of the value of our photographs 

and workmanship.